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ERIC Number: ED399502
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
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Racial Identity: Refuting the Developmental "Stage" Structure.
Knox, Pamela L.; And Others
One way in which theorists have attempted to understand the differences in identity and attitudes of minority groups, and more recently majority groups, has been through theories of racial identity development. In this study factor analysis was applied to J. E. Helms' models of racial identity development: the Black Racial Identity Attitude Scale, Form B (RIAS-B), and the White Racial Identity Attitude Scale (WRIAS). The responses of two samples (N=363; 203 Black and 160 White undergraduate students) were analyzed in order to investigate whether stage scores displayed the structure expected of variables that measure a hierarchical, developmental sequence. Characteristics expected of developmental models include the display of a simplex-like structure in the intercorrelations of stage scores and the factor loadings for stage scores approximating a two-factor semicircular configuration with variables ordered by stage along a semicircle. The pattern of the RIAS-B scores appeared to approximate the developmental stage structure requirements with a reversal of the Disintegration and Reintegrations scales. Unlike the RIAS-B, the stage scores for the WRIAS failed to demonstrate a developmental stage order. Defining racial identity via developmental stage models would appear to merit reconsideration. Four tables and six graphs present hypotheses and analysis. Contains 37 references. (Author/LSR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Racial Identity Attitude Scale