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ERIC Number: ED404604
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 221
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A Study of the Effect of a Preventive, Psychoeducational, Counselor Intervention on the Ethnic Identity Development of Haitian Adolescents.
Bachay, Judith Barr
Adjusting to a new culture is a major transition that cuts across every aspect of an immigrant's life. This paper examines whether or not the use of a preventive, psychoeducational, counselor intervention affects the normative ethnic identity development process of Haitian adolescents. The study's independent variables were gender, dominant language spoken within the home, and the length of time in the United States. An outline of the problem is presented, along with a review of the pertinent literature and of Haitian history and culture. For the study, Haitian adolescents (N=105) were given a pretest and then assigned to either a placebo group, a control group, or an experimental group. The experimental group participated in a series of two-hour, weekly group sessions held over a period of seven weeks. All participants completed a post-test. The primary research hypothesis, which tested the effect of a preventive psychoeducational counseling intervention on ethnic identity development, resulted in no significant differences between control and experimental groups. There were no differences with respect to the length of time in the United States or the dominant language spoken in the home. There were significant differences found by gender but not between groups. Contains 257 references. (RJM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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