ERIC Number: ED433488
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Youth of Color and Identity Development: The Impact of Socioeconomic Status.
Diemer, Matthew A.
When the identities of youth of color have been studied (especially African Americans), several problematic practices have been employed. Racially, African American youth have been compared to a "standard" of White American youth. From the perspective of social class, poor African American youth have been compared to the "standard" of middle class. Additionally, the experiences of poor African Americans have been overinterpreted to represent the experience of all African Americans. What is needed are fair comparisons--both on the basis of race and class. A more comprehensive model of assessing social class (Entwistle and Astone, 1994) is offered. Three recommendations in the study of identity development among African American youth are given. First, comparisons of racial groups should not be based on the assumption of White Americans as the standard. Second, comparisons between racial groups also need to take into account differences in social class. Third, more representative sampling techniques are needed in the study of African American adolescents. (Contains 25 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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