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ERIC Number: ED377095
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 11
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Traumatic or Disruptive Experiences of Tenth Graders by Ethnicity and Family Types.
Steele, Sara M.
Designed to provide trend data about critical transitions experienced by students as they leave elementary or middle school and progress through high school and beyond, this study examines the extent of traumatic events experienced by 10th graders of various ethnic backgrounds and family types. In addition, the study demonstrates the importance of looking for similarity and heterogeneity rather than for central tendency and differences across groups. The 24,599 eighth graders surveyed in 1988 were surveyed again when possible as 10th graders in 1990, in 1992 when they were in 12th grade, again in 1994, and will be surveyed in 1996. The ethnic groups included Asian Americans, African Americans, European Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans. The results of the study indicated that although relatively few 10th graders experienced any one traumatic event from 19 possible choices in a two year period from 1988 to 1990, many faced some type of experience that could be disruptive or traumatic. Few students faced the same disruptive or traumatic event. Experiencing a disruptive or traumatic event was found to be more closely related to family type than to ethnicity, partly because two of the events given as possible choices related closely to family type, and other choices were affected by a change in family status. With a few exceptions, differences across subgroups for each variable usually were not sufficient in comparison with differences within the group to say that one group was more prone to a specific event than other subgroups. A list of variables used in the study follows the results. (CK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
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