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ERIC Number: EJ889547
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 63
ISSN: ISSN-0095-7984
Understanding the Different Realities, Experience, and Use of Self-Esteem between Black and White Adolescent Girls
Adams, Portia E.
Journal of Black Psychology, v36 n3 p255-276 Aug 2010
African American adolescent females possess higher self-esteem than any other racial or ethnic adolescent female group. This article tests two popular empirically supported explanations for Black high self-esteem: "contingency of self-esteem theory" and the "locus of control model". This article builds on past research to illustrate the specific mechanisms of self-esteem for Black and White adolescent girls. To facilitate an investigation of these theories, self-esteem was explored as a bidimensional construct consisting of self-worth and self-deprecation. The sample consisted of 453 Black and 1,902 White adolescent females. Multivariate regression analyses produced the following outcomes: The contingency of self-esteem theory and the locus of control model were not supported. A significant race by social support interaction found that even in low support situations Black adolescent females reported less self-deprecation than White females. (Contains 1 note, 5 tables, and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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