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ERIC Number: ED480493
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Aug
Pages: 27
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Examining the Bicultural Ethnic Identity of American Indian Adolescents.
Brown, Carrie M.; Smirles, Kimberly Eretzian
American Indians have the unique challenge of living and thriving in two distinct, cultural environments: their Native environment, and the White (i.e. mainstream) environment. They learn to identify with two cultures, and this duality of identification demonstrates their bicultural ethnic identity. As adolescence is typically a time of serious identity searching, American Indian adolescents must especially struggle developing their bicultural identity, which makes this population crucial to examine. This study examined the bicultural ethnic identity of adolescents of a Northeastern American Indian tribe. Participants were found to have a significantly higher level of tribal identity than non-tribal identity. Additionally, tribal identity and non-tribal identity were positively correlated with the number of activities (tribal and non-tribal, respectively) the adolescents engaged in. Interestingly, self-esteem was not related to ethnic identity. Results will be discussed in terms of practical use in understanding and further examining American Indian adolescent identity development. Two appendixes contain tribal and non-tribal identity scales. (Contains 21 references and 1 table.) (Author)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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