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ERIC Number: ED259048
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 159
Abstractor: N/A
A Cross Racial Study of Double Consciousness Effects
Sussewell, Deborah Ridley
The double consciousness model represents Black self-concept as being comprised of three primary cognitive structures: the "I," the "me," and the "we" self-referents. A study was conducted to examine three assumptions pertaining to the "we" self-referent: (1) that it reflects attitudes and behaviors developed because of Black Americans' African heritage and their oppressed status; (2) that it is more salient for Blacks than Whites; and (3) that Blacks'"we" self-referent attitudes generalize to other oppressed groups. Study subjects, 40 Black and 40 White female undergraduates, completed a questionnaire to assess their perception of self and others in regard to collectivism and participated in a two-person non-zero sum game in which both players make choices simultaneously. Results indicate that both groups behaved similarly and reported similar levels of other-orientedness and collectivism. The White females appeared to be more sensitive to situational cues in regard to cooperative behavior than the Black females. Both Blacks and Whites viewed their own group more positively than the other group; but whereas Blacks perceived the oppressed ethnic-racial groups, as a whole, as being more collective than non-oppressed ethnic groups, Whites did not, nor did Whites perceive themselves as being like their racial reference group in regard to collectivism, as the Blacks did. Because the Black and White subjects behaved similarly even though they perceived the test situation differently, these results lend only partial support to the double consciousness model. (KH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Maryland.