ERIC Number: ED034808
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1966-Apr
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The Assessment of Self Concept Among Four-Year-Old Negro and White Children: A Comparative Study Using the Brown-IDS Self Concept Referents Test.
Brown, Bert R.
In a pilot study based on a technique to assess the dimensions of self concept held by young children, 38 lower socioeconomic status Negro and 36 upper-middle socioeconomic status white four-year-old children were given the Brown-IDS Self Concept Referents Test, and retested after three weeks; there was a relatively high level of reliability in the perceptions of self held by Negro and white children in the three-week interval. Subjects tended to perceive themselves--and to see significant others as seeing them--in generally positive ways. However, Negro subjects scored significantly lower, on the average, than white subjects. Both Negro and white subjects reportedly held high positive perceptions of the ways in which they are seen by their mothers and their peers. Subjects who perceived themselves positively tended to see others as perceiving them positively, as was the case with negative perceptions. These results must be evaluated cautiously, however, due to several possible defects in research design. [Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document.] (EM)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: New York Univ., NY. Inst. for Developmental Studies.