ERIC Number: ED024068
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Sep-2
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Dimensions of Adjustment in Adolescent Boys: Negro-White Comparisons.
The differing environmental experiences of whites and Negroes may influence their way of adjusting during adolescence. Negro and white adolescents responded to 40 closed end items dealing with adjustmental states. These variables were intercorrelated using a missing data correlation program to adjust for omitted responses. Separate Negro-white correlation matrices were factor analyzed, using the principal components solution with ones places in the diagonals of the matrices. Kaiser's Varimax criterion was applied to obtained orthogonal rotation solutions. Finally, Kaiser's factor comparison program was used to obtain indices of the degree of similarity between the separate factor structures. Areas of similarity were found in clusters dealing with negative affective states, physical correlates of emotional states, aggressive impulses, social rejection, and situational and general anxiety. Although qualitative differences in the configuration of factor structures between Negro and white youth were minimal, the Negro sampling did tend to show less clarity than did the white. This finding suggests that perhaps Negro adolescents may be exposed to more stressful environmental circumstances which produce more diffused adjustmental patterns than white adolescents. (CJ)
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Authoring Institution: American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Speech presented at the American Psychological Association Convention, San Francisco, California, August 30 through September 3, 1968.