The effects of the racial make-up of the college environment on the self-concepts of black college students

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Michelle Lynn Linster (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Jacquelyn W. White

Abstract: The purpose of this study is to investigate the degree to which the self-concept scores of black college students are influenced by the racial make-up of their college environment and an experimental manipulation designed to vary the distinctiveness of their race. This study investigated the degree to which the results of this study could be efficiently explained by the insulation hypothesis, the distinctiveness theory, and a later reference group theory. In addition, the study examined the relationship between subjects' self-concepts, socio-economic status and academic performance. One hundred twenty black female and 120 black male college students served as volunteer subjects. An equal number of males and females were obtained from the predominantly white University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and predominantly black North Carolina A&T State University, both located in Greensboro, North Carolina. During the first session, background information was obtained and the Tennessee Self-Concept Scale, (TSCS), was administered. In the second session, subjects were assigned to one of three experimental groups where they competed against a same sex black confederate, same sex white confederate, or worked alone on a symbol cancellation task. The TSCS was re-administered after completion of the task.

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Language: English
Date: 1985
African American college students $z North Carolina $z Greensboro
Minorities in higher education $z North Carolina $z Greensboro
Tennessee self concept scale

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