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ERIC Number: ED340962
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Significant Others of U.S. White, Black, and Chinese Early Adolescents.
Juhasz, Anne McCreary; Yue, Meng
Recently the role of significant others in the formation of adolescents' feelings of self-esteem has received considerable attention. This study compared the significant others of White (N=77), Black (N=52), and Chinese American (N=48) 10- to 12-year-old Catholic school students. Subjects were asked to state the first, second, and third, most important persons in their lives and to rate whether that person usually made them feel from very good to bad. For all groups, a larger percentage of boys than girls placed parents as first to third in significance. For Black females, parents as first choice was the lowest percentage. For the first choices, Black males had the highest parent percentage. Rank order of first choice was consistent across sex and race; mother first, father second with one exception, with Black females placing relatives second. When the first three choices were combined, the first choice order prevailed with one exception. For Chinese females, relatives and then mother was the order. Relatives wre much less important to White adolescents, failing to appear in the top-ranking three. For the Chinese, they were extremely important, especially to the girls. Siblings did not emerge as significant others. No Black male or Chinese female viewed a friend as most significant. Teachers were not very significant at all, but when they were, it was for White females and Black and Chinese males. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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