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Personality Characteristics of Black Adolescents.
Brown, Nina W.
Four hundred and forty-six poor black urban and rural adolescents ages 15-18 enrolled in a summer poverty-work program are administered Gough's Adjective Checklist (ACL) and Holland's Vocatonal Preference Inventory (VPI) to determine their personality profile, to ascertain differences between this gorup and blacks attending colleges, and to study what implications for programming can be determined from VPI and ACL profiles. Significant sex differences are found on 12 of the 24 ACL scales, with black females tending to score higher on all differing scales. A factor analysis of ACL scores yields two significant factors: that of ego structure and characteristic approach to life. A comparison of the sample VPI scores with black college students scores indicate significant differences on most of the II VPI scales. Results indicate that the poor, black adolescent's perception of himself is one of self-depreciation. However, this does not mean that this population possesses a low self-concept since they may think they are worthwhile individuals but do not perceive themselves as competent or effective. The fact that they remain in school and actively seek work in the summer poverty program reinforces the hypothesis that they are trying to become effective and competent in their own lives according to society's dictates. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Black Youth, College Students, Comparative Analysis, Minority Groups, Personality Assessment, Personality Measures, Personality Studies, Poverty Programs, Rural Environment, Self Concept, Self Esteem, Self Evaluation, Sex Differences, Summer Programs, Urban Environment, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Adjective Check List; Holland Vocational Preference Inventory