Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 117–135 | Cite as

Ethnicity and adjustment: A study of the self-image of Anglo-, Greek-, and Italian-Australian working class adolescents

  • Doreen A. Rosenthal
  • Susan M. Moore
  • Meredith J. Taylor
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Abstract

Two measures of adjustment, the Erikson Psychosocial Stage Inventory and the Offer Self-Image Questionnaire, were administered to a sample of 450 working class Anglo-, Greek-, and Italian-Australian adolescents in years 9 and 11 of 9 Melbourne high schools. Anglo- and Greek-Australian adolescents scored similarly and significantly higher than Italian-Australians on a number of subscales, suggesting that culture conflict may be an influential factor in the adjustment of Italian-Australians, but not Greek-Australians. Significant differences between the minority groups, in favor of Greek-Australians, were interpreted as resulting from the relative differences in institutional support for and press toward assimilation of the two groups.

Keywords

High School Health Psychology Influential Factor Relative Difference School Psychology 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Doreen A. Rosenthal
    • 2
  • Susan M. Moore
    • 1
  • Meredith J. Taylor
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyMelbourne State CollegeAustralia
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia

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