ERIC Number: ED414534
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Aug
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Achievement, Activity Choice, and Self-Perception from Early to Late Adolescence.
Huntsinger, Carol S.; Jose, Paul E.; Shutay, Jeanette; Boelcke, Kristin
Most research on adolescents has been conducted with white, middle-class adolescents, which has created a lack of differentiation among the majority and minority cultures in the United States. To correct this, adolescents from two cultural groups at two points in time were studied so as to see how their trajectories differ in terms of academic achievement, activity choices, time use, and self-perception. A sample of 55 second-generation Chinese-American and 58 Euro-American students from well-educated suburban families participated in two data collections 5 years apart. Results indicate that the Chinese-American students achieved higher grades, had higher aspirations, participated more in arts and academic extra-curricular activities, and spent more time doing homework than their Euro-American counterparts. Euro-American students participated in band and sports to a greater degree, got more sleep, spent more time with friends, dated more, and were more likely to be employed than Chinese-American students. It was found that activity participation was related to the adolescents' self-perceptions. Chinese-Americans' self-ratings of competence and acceptance tended to be lower, which may reflect self-effacement on the part of Chinese people. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.
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