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ERIC Number: EJ698368
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep-22
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0748-9633
Differentiation of Self, Personal Adjustment, Problem Solving, and Ethnic Group Belonging among Persons of Color.
Skowron, Elizabeth A.
Journal of Counseling and Development, v82 n4 p447 Fal 2004
This study focused on examining the cross-cultural validity of Bowen family systems theory (M. Bowen, 1978), namely differentiation of self for individuals of color. Ethnic minority men and women completed measures of differentiation of self, ethnic group belonging, and 3 indices of personal adjustment. Initial support for the cross-cultural utility of Bowen family systems theory was observed. Higher levels of differentiation of serf predicted better psychological adjustment, social problem-solving skills, and greater ethnic group belonging among persons of color. Limitations regarding the cross-cultural utility of differentiation of self, directions for further research, and implications for counseling are discussed.
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