ERIC Number: ED083359
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Aug-28
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Black Families and the Moynihan Report: A Research Evaluation.
Berger, Alan S.; And Others
The Moynihan Report requires the black family to socialize children very differently from the way that the white family does. It thus produces more antisocial behavior, ineffective education, and lower levels of occupational attainment. The present study employs data collected from a random sample of the 14-18 year old population of Illinois and examines the joint effects of race, gender, social class, and family organization on a number of indicators of family interaction, antisocial behavior patterns, educational aspirations, and gender role conceptions. The conclusions of the Moynihan Report are not supported by these data. There are few differences found in the ways that families treat their children, and these differences are not concentrated in the lower class. Even in the lower class broken family, there is no indication in the data that black families are dramatically different from white families. Thus, in terms of delinquency, educational expectation, perceptions of the education desired by the parents, self conceptions, and notions of appropriate gender role behavior of adults, it was found that empirical evidence provides less than adequate support for the conclusions reached by the Moynihan Report. (Authors/RJ)
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Authoring Institution: Institute for Juvenile Research, Chicago, IL.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois