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ERIC Number: ED090073
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 17
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Differences Between Self-Concepts of Mennonite Adolescents and Public School Adolescents.
Suzuki, Michael G.
The purpose of the study was to find out if there were any significant differences between the self-concepts of Mennonite adolescents and public school adolescents. Twenty-five Mennonite adolescents and twenty-five public school adolescents, all of whom were twelfth-graders, were given a self-description inventory in which they were to answer sets of items as to a) what they thought they are really like (the actual self); b) how they thought they ought to be (the ideal self); and c) how they thought the typical adolescent in their age group would rate himself. It is noted that definite conclusions should not be made from the results since such factors as the adolescent's candor, insight, and attitudes may influence the way in which he responds to the items. The comparative results tend to show that there is actually not much difference between the self-concepts of the Mennonite and the public school adolescents. Several significant items noted in the various self-descriptions indicate that: public school adolescents are more socially oriented than their Mennonite counter-parts; Mennonite adolescents stress religion more than the public school adolescents; public school students desire to be All-American, well-rounded individuals, whereas the Mennonites are nonconformers; the majority of both groups plan to go to college; and significantly more public school students than Mennonites hope to move from their community after completing school. (Author/RM)
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