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ERIC Number: ED131910
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Jul-14
Pages: 25
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An Investigation into the Personality Characteristics of Black Activists and Non-Activists Students.
Andrews, James
Thirty Black activists and thirty Black non-activists were randomly selected from a list of 100 students identified as activists and 100 students identified as non-activists. Twenty-five from each group were male, and five were female; 32 freshmen and 28 sophomores were included in the sample. All subjects were administered the Edwards Personal Preference Schedule under standardized conditions to determine individual personality traits. Results of data analysis indicated: (1) the degree of activism or extent of involvement in the Black movement among Black junior college students was associated with personality characteristics; (2) Black student activists were psychologically healthier than non-activists; (3) the personality structure of the study groups differed along identifiable personality dimensions--activists had more positive self-esteem, were more self-enhancing behaviorally, and were more aware of their motives; (4) the activists appeared to have superior ego-strengths; and (5) the values held by activists were independently chosen. The data suggested that there was no psychopathology involved in the Black movement, merely personality differences. Because of the sample size, however, the results should not be generalized to the entire Black protest movement. Data are presented in tabular form and a bibliography is appended. (Author/JDS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Edwards Personal Preference Schedule