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Pathways to Identity [microform] : Aspects of the Experience of Black Youth. Final Report / Robert Alan Rosenthal and Others
Bib ID 5223019
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Rosenthal, Robert Alan
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1971 
558 p. 

The Pathways to Identity Project is a longitudinal study of individual differences among black teenage males from low income families who were included in two cohorts of, originally, seventh and ninth grades students in a de facto segregated junior high school in Boston's black community. The study is based on lengthy open-ended interviews, and focuses on the interaction of family background variables, aspects of self concept and racial identity, relations with peers, and attitudes, aspirations, and experiences relevant to school, work, and future life; the data and findings reported are limited to those involving the aspects mentioned, sampled at one point in time and related to only one of the many potential outcome variables--staying in or dropping out of school. The ninth graders had significantly higher IQ scores; they were also found to be higher than seventh graders in playing hooky, hooky being not associated with dropping out. Among the findings were: (1) an association of demographic characteristics of the mother with aspects of masculine identification and cognitive style, while father-related characteristics were tied up with social status; (2) self concept seemed to be significantly related to variables indicative of lack of ability or desire to change; and, (3) first job choices are more likely to be related to aspirations rather than to "real" expectations. (Authors/RJ)


Sponsoring Agency: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.

Contract Number: OEG-0-8-4085-1810(010).

Educational level discussed: Grade 7.

Educational level discussed: Grade 9.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18:

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Aspiration.  |  Black Youth.  |  De Facto Segregation.  |  Dropout Characteristics.  |  Family Characteristics.  |  Grade 7.  |  Grade 9.  |  Identification (Psychology)  |  Individual Differences.  |  Junior High School Students.  |  Longitudinal Studies.  |  Lower Class.  |  Males.  |  Peer Relationship.  |  School Attitudes.  |  Self Concept.  |  Student Attitudes.  |  Work Attitudes.  |  Massachusetts Massachusetts (Boston)
Other authors/contributors Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. Graduate School of Education
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