ERIC Number: ED432867
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Measuring Ethnic Identity among American Indian Adolescents: A Factor Analytic Study.
Moran, James R.
This paper describes the development of a measure of ethnic identity among American Indian adolescents. Data were collected in nine high schools in four American Indian communities (N=1,592). The self-report survey included eight ethnic identity questions, seven items about social competencies, eight items on personal mastery and locus of control, six items concerning self-esteem, and six items about perceived social support. Factor analysis identified two major factors resulting in an eight-item Indian scale and a six-item White scale. Analysis found that respondents who identified with both White and Indian cultures tended to have the highest scores on the psychological measures of well-being. Results suggest that the use of this bicultural scale by mental health providers might allow examination of the connections between patterns of ethnic identity and emotional/behavioral problems. (Contains 24 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, American Indians, Behavior Disorders, Biculturalism, Emotional Disturbances, Ethnic Groups, Ethnicity, Factor Analysis, High School Students, High Schools, Interpersonal Competence, Rating Scales, Self Esteem, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Social Support Groups, Surveys, Whites
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Note: In: Chapter 9, "Measurement and Description of Children with Emotional Disturbances," of Proceedings of the Annual Report Conference, A System of Care for Children's Mental Health: Expanding the Research Base (10th, Tampa, FL, February 23-26, 1997).