Effects of Race and Adolescent Decision-Making on Status Attainment and Self-Esteem
Sociology and Anthropology
This paper tests a structural model of the impact of life choices on self-esteem. Four sets of variables are included in the model: ascribed statuses and other background variables, life-choice variables, current statuses, and self-esteem. Data from 11,810 respondents (2,391 African Americans, 9,419 Caucasians) are analyzed to explore the impact of the background variables and current status on self-esteem and to assess whether the life-choice variables intervene between the background variables and self-esteem. The African American respondents demonstrated just as high, if not higher, self-esteem than the White respondents. The most influential contributing factors included education and positive reasons for leaving home (school, job, or relationship).
Yang, Renxin, and Blodgett, Billy. "Effects of Race and Adolescent Decision-Making on Status Attainment and Self-Esteem" Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work 9(1-2) (2000): 135-153. DOI:10.1300/J051v09n01_08