Race/Ethnicity and Self-Esteem in Families of Adolescents
Self-esteem, perceived competence, families, race/ethnicity
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Self-esteem and perceived competence have only been explored minimally in family studies with ethnically diverse samples. The current study explores self-esteem and perceived competence in a sample of adolescents, their mothers, and their fathers from three racial/ethnic groups: African American, Hispanic/Latino/Latina, and Caucasian. Results show that African American mothers report higher perceptions of athletic competence than Caucasian or Hispanic/Latina mothers. African American fathers and Hispanic/Latino fathers report higher perceptions of physical appearance and global self-worth than Caucasian fathers. Adolescents' reports of perceived competence and global self-worth did not differ across racial/ethnic groups. Significant associations within the family were found for some domains of perceived competence. Results are discussed in terms of functioning within families of different racial/ethnic groups.
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Citation / Publisher Attribution
Child and Family Behavior Therapy, v. 27, issue 3, p. 13-26
Scholar Commons Citation
Phares, Vicky; Fields, Sherecce A.; Watkins-Clay, M. M.; and Kamboukos, Dimitra, "Race/Ethnicity and Self-Esteem in Families of Adolescents" (2005). Psychology Faculty Publications. 995.