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Self-evaluation processes of African American youth in a high school completion program

Whaley, A.L.; Smyer, D.A.

Journal of Psychology 132(3): 317-327


ISSN/ISBN: 0022-3980
PMID: 9540227
DOI: 10.1080/00223989809599170
Accession: 047331040

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In the present study, regression analyses were used to determine whether particular domains of perceived competence, alienation from school, and cultural mistrust of society in general predicted judgments of global self-worth and global self-discrepancy in a group of African American high school dropouts in a compensatory program. The participants were 31 African American high school dropouts between 16 and 24 years of age (M = 17.7 years, SD = 1.81) who were enrolled in a state-sponsored high school completion program. Perceived job competence and peer-related social competence were the most significant predictors of self-evaluations. Cultural mistrust of society was associated with students' self-evaluation and overshadowed alienation from school in the prediction of global self-worth. The implications of these results for interventions with African American high school dropouts in this type of program are discussed.

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