Title

Race/Ethnicity and Self-Esteem in Families of Adolescents

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2005

Keywords

Self-esteem, perceived competence, families, race/ethnicity

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1300/J019v27n03_02

Abstract

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.

Was this content written or created while at USF?

Yes

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Child and Family Behavior Therapy, v. 27, issue 3, p. 13-26

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