ERIC Number: ED456680
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
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Attitudes of White Student Services Practitioners toward Asian Americans: Research and Recommendations. Research Report.
Liang, Chris; Sedlacek, William
Using a revised version of the Situation Attitude Scale (W. Sedlacek and G. Brooks, 1969), the attitudes of White student services practitioners toward Asian Americans were explored to determine if White student affairs practitioners at the University of Maryland differed in their attitudes in situations where a student's race was specified as Asian American and in situations in which race was not specified. Multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) was used to analyze the data, scale responses of 59 student affairs professionals. Results indicated that the attitudes of White student affairs practitioners toward Asian Americans differed significantly from attitudes toward students whose race was not specified. A closer examination indicated significant difference for 3 of 12 scenarios. In these situations, White student affairs practitioners expressed more positive attitudes toward Asian Americans. Though these results may seem to be desirable, they indicate that the attitudes of White student affairs practitioners are influenced by the racial/ethnic background of Asian Americans. This may indicate that perceptions of Asian Americans as a model minority may still exist. Differences in treatment of a group that are based on stereotypical beliefs, regardless of their perceived positive nature, limit opportunities and experiences and result in psychological distress. Some suggestions are given for student affairs practice. (Contains 1 table and 31 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.