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ERIC Number: ED137428
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 81
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Matricentric Family Structure and the Self-Attitudes of Negro Children.
Rubin, Roger Harvey
This report explores the notion that a relationship exists between a matricentric lower class black society, (in this case defined as a society with adult male absence and the development of self attitudes among children, particularly boys. The major hypothesis is that black boys from homes lacking adult male figures would have significantly more negative self attitudes than girls from this type of home, and from boys and girls from homes with adult males. Other hypotheses investigated involved independent variables such as sex, class standing, and family interaction. Measures of self attitudes were based on eight dependent variables of behavior such as general and academic status, physical appearance, anxiety, popularity, satisfaction, and self esteem. These were placed on a questionnaire along with items which determined the independent variables of sex and family interaction. Information questions to discover presence or absence of adult males were employed. Class standing was noted and used as an independent variable. Two hundred eighty children from the fifth and sixth grades ranging from ages 9 to 11 were involved. Twenty six percent of the children claimed no adult male was residing in their homes. Among the results of this study are the following: (1) No significant differences were found in any self attitude measure when comparing lower class black boys from homes lacking adult males with girls from these homes and boys and girls from homes with adult male figures, and (2) only very minor support was found for the hypothesis that girls at this age level have more positive self attitudes than boys. (Author/AM)
R and E Research Associates, 4843 Mission Street, San Francisco, California 94112 ($8.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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