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ERIC Number: ED181133
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Jul
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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Sex Differences in Self-Actualization of Black College Students. Research Report #79-2.
Joice, Wendell
Much attention has been devoted to issues stemming from the hypothesized differential impact of the American experience on black males and females. Earlier studies of these issues were predominantly concerned with self concept. However, little consistency has been found in the studies of black self concept. A more appropriate construct should be utilized to present the dynamics of the black experience. One possibility is self actualization, which is defined as the push toward actualization of inherent potentials. A measure of black self actualization also has implications for satisfaction of physiological love, safety, belongingness and other survival needs. If the black experience has had a substantially different impact on males and females, then such a difference might be reflected in both their levels of satisfaction of survival needs and their levels of self fulfillment. Using the Personal Orientation Inventory, this study measured the self actualization of black male and female college students. The analysis indicates that there was no difference found in terms of time competence (the extent to which one lives one's life in the present) and that black females were significantly more inner directed (extent to which one is independent and self supportive) than black males. (Author/RLV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Personal Orientation Inventory