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ERIC Number: ED134662
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr-8
Pages: 14
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Reference Count: 0
Inter-Generational Factors in Ethnic Differences in Self-Esteem
Thorsell, Bernard A.
This document reports on a pilot study undertaken to determine what patterns of self-esteem would be found in a comparison of the self-evaluations of white, black, and Chicano adolescents and adults. The goals of the study were: (1) to test the hypothesis that the self-evaluations of minority adolescents would display more positive self-esteem than those of minority adults, and (2) to evaluate the validity of the established view that low self-esteem is always characteristic of members of oppressed minorities. One hundred and sixty two adolescent males, aged 11 to 17, and 104 adult males, aged 23 to 58 were selected randomly from three public schools and their corresponding communities in the Los Angeles area. Self-evaluation responses were classified as positive, negative, or neutral by content. Among the findings of the study are the following: (1) all subjects displayed high self-esteem regardless of ethnic status (2) black adolescents showed a much higher proportion of positive self-evaluations than black adults, (3) inter-generational differences between Chicano adolescents and adults were marginal and (4) differences between white adolescents and adults were significant. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at The Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association (Los Angeles, Calif., April 8-11, 1976)