ERIC Number: ED421574
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Psychosocial and Cultural Contexts in Intercultural Group Conflict and Social Problem Behaviors among High Risk Youth: Preliminary Findings.
Soriano, Fernando I.
The relationship between psychosocial and cultural factors as potential mediators of intercultural group conflict among adolescents was studied. The study population for this ongoing study consists of mostly adolescent males aged 13 to 18 years who are attending court schools in California, and who are likely to be on probation or in restricted residential placements. Phase I activities of the study center on establishing new cultural measures and developing a better understanding of the targeted population by using a sample of San Jose County, urban high school students. In Phase 2, over 200 targeted youth will participate in an intervention in the court-operated schools that will provide skills training and cultural awareness and sensitivity training. This study focuses on the Phase 1 study of 205 local high school students and more than 400 adolescents representing the target population. Existing cultural measures were adapted for the surveys, and a new measure was developed. Phase 1 findings lead to challenging questions about intergroup and intragroup variability across cultural and gender groups. Results suggest the importance of cultural factors in intercultural group relations and in the psychosocial functioning of adolescent youths. Questions remain regarding the developmental differences among adolescents. (Contains one table and four references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California