ERIC Number: ED347027
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Apr-23
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Adolescent Alienation and Attitudes toward School in Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo High School Students.
Loughrey, Michael E.; Harris, Mary B.
This paper reports on a correlational study of the relationship between adolescent alienation, demographic variables, and school variables. Participants were 466 students including Hispanics, Native Americans, and Whites from 4 public high schools in a Southwestern state. Students completed Mackey's Adolescent Alienation Scale and Ahlgren's Minnesota School Attitude Survey, which measured three dimensions of alienation: (1) personal incapacity, which reflects an inability to make decisions or cope with problems of daily living; (2) guidelessness, a sense that norms or accepted rules to guide behavior are not available; and (3) cultural estrangement, a voluntary rejection of the middle class value system. Also measured were student attitudes toward support at school, pressure at school, and personal development at school. In addition students were asked to respond to 22 demographic questions. Results of the study indicate that Hispanics and Native Americans scored higher on the involuntary dimensions of alienation (personal incapacity and guidelessness), whereas Anglos scored higher on voluntary alienation (cultural estrangement). There were also significant effects found for sex, grade point average, support at school, pressure at school, and interactions between sex and support at school and between ethnicity and pressure at school. This study offers suggestions for schools to help alleviate the alienated feelings of students. Recommendations for future research also are included. (LP)
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