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Two Variables Associated With Differential Productive Cultural Involvement among Lower-Class Negro and Caucasian Young Men

Hall, William S.
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ETS Research Bulletin
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Academic Persistence, Cultural Influences, Dropouts, Psychological Studies, Quality of Life, Racial Factors, Sampling, Social Science Research, Sociocultural Patterns


This investigation deals with the relationship between productive cultural involvement, racial group membership, and personality among lower class young men. Level of culturally productive behavior and environmental press were employed as independent variables. The dependent variables were two aspects of personality--achievement orientation and locus of control. Sixty young men--30 Black Americans and 30 Caucasians--all of whom had dropped out of school at some point in their lives were sampled. Racial differences seem secondary to differences reflecting different degrees of productive involvement, where found.

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