Black self-rejection: Another look

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Investigated the self-esteem and ethnocentric attitudes and behavior of 51 Black, 192 White, and 103 Mexican-American 4th and 5th graders. Previous research employing indirect measures of self-rejection led to the hypothesis that Blacks hold their group and themselves in low esteem. Results indicate that Blacks are now lower in self-esteem than Whites or Mexican Americans and that all 3 groups are ethnocentric in attitudes and behavior. Only one assumption made by investigators using indirect measures of self-rejection was supported by this study: Blacks who held their own ethnic group in low esteem tended to be low in self-esteem. The results suggest that if Blacks ever have rejected their ethnic group and themselves, this is no longer the case. (40 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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