ERIC Number: ED197853
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Jun
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Expressed Values of Lower Socioeconomic Status Black American Women.
Slaughter, Diana; Walcer, Carol
The expressed individual and cultural values of two groups of urban, lower socioeconomic status black American women are contrasted, using a situational forced-choice Expressed Values scale developed especially for this purpose. Group 1 (n=67) at the time of the study was enrolled in a high school equivalency degree program at a junior college. Group 2 (n=65) had been enrolled for two years in an early intervention program for mothers of 18-to-24-month-old children. Groups were comparable in terms of age, current educational level and general experience with children. In general, results indicate that Group 1 subjects were as progressive in their personal preferences as they perceived any other Americans to be. They also perceived their friends, neighbors, and members of the black community to be more traditional in value preferences than themselves. Group 2 subjects, however, perceived their personal choices to be in greater harmony with those of friends and neighbors, as well as blacks in general. They believed the personal choices of other Americans would differ from those of their immediate friends and associates. Implications for studies of parental practices, attitudes and beliefs (in particular, the importance of contextual or situational factors in value formulations and expressions) are discussed. (Author/MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
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