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ERIC Number: EJ940931
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1946-7109
"I Do but I Don't": The Search for Identity in Urban African American Adolescents
Gullan, Rebecca Lakin; Hoffman, Beth Necowitz; Leff, Stephen S.
Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, v8 n2 p29-40 Spr 2011
Achievement of a coherent and strong sense of self is critical to positive academic outcomes for urban minority youth. The present study utilized a mixed-methods approach to explore key aspects of identity development for African American adolescents living in a high-poverty, urban neighborhood. Results suggest that efforts to develop a sense of oneself as an individual and in relation to the world are impeded by mixed messages on African American culture and achievement. Findings are discussed in the context of teaching and working with urban African American adolescents in a way that promotes positive identity development. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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