Examining academic aspirations, school attitudes, ethnic identity, and self-esteem among African American youth

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LoCurto, Jamie
Stowell, David
Brown, Kyrah K.
Maryman, J'Vonnah
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2014-04-25
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The present study examines middle school students' attitudes towards school, academic aspirations and expectations, self-esteem, and ethnic identity using baseline and follow-up data. A total of 34 predominately African American youth from a university-community prevention program were selected to participate in the present study. Our findings suggest that school attitudes were positively correlated with academic aspirations at follow-up, r =.44, p = .03. In addition, ethnic identity and self-esteem were also positively correlated at follow-up, r = .43, p = .02. These findings are consistent with the literature, suggesting that African American youth are interested in doing well in school.

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Presented to the 10th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Heskett Center, Wichita State University, April 25, 2014.
Research completed at Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
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LoCurto, J., Stowell, D., Brown, K.K., & Maryman, J. 2014. Examining Academic Aspirations, School Attitudes, Ethnic Identity, and Self-Esteem Among African American Youth. -- In Proceedings: 10th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, Ks: Wichita State University, p. 126
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Wichita State University. Graduate School
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