ERIC Number: ED366900
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Aug-18
Reference Count: N/A
Coping Strategies of Resilient African American Adolescents.
Turner, La Shaun K.
This paper provides a critical analysis of African American adolescents who achieve academically and explores the coping strategies these individuals employ to achieve academic success. It is hypothesized that African American adolescents achieve because they possess intrinsic values such as persistence and patience, or perhaps they are socialized to believe that academic achievement is paramount. It is suggested that their coping strategies enable them to achieve academically, and that most of these strategies are culture specific. Types of acculturation are examined and it is postulated that: (1) high achievers are academically successful because they acculturate to the school culture; (2) high achievers exhibit two typological patterns of acculturation (they either make a cultural shift or they culturally incorporate the school culture while retaining their own culture); and (3) there will be a correlation between type of acculturation and ethnic identity. It is recommended that future research examine those variables which account for high academic achievement among African American adolescents. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: African Americans; Resilience (Personality)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (100th, Washington, DC, August 14-18, 1992).