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ERIC Number: EJ769424
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0193-3973
Self-Esteem among Jamaican Children: Exploring the Impact of Skin Color and Rural/Urban Residence
Ferguson, Gail M. (Anderson); Cramer, Phebe
Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, v28 n4 p345-359 Jul-Aug 2007
This study investigates the extent to which two different models predict the relation of self-esteem to skin color and rural/urban residence among Jamaican children. To explain this relation, Crocker and Major's Self-protective hypothesis and Harter's Additive model were examined among 200 African-Caribbean children from rural (n=85) and urban (n=115) elementary schools in eastern Jamaica. Support was found for both of these models. Specifically, the Self-protective hypothesis predicted higher self-esteem among rural children and the Additive model predicted higher self-esteem among older children for whom self-identification and ideal self skin color were both White. Implications for Jamaican children are discussed followed by potential application to other children of African descent.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Jamaica