The Voices of Indian Teens Project Team included Alberta Arviso, Anna Barón, Sonia Bauduy, Jan Beals, Morton Beiser, Rhonda Dick, Norman Dinges, Candace Fleming, Shelly Hubing, Spero Manson, Philip May, Christina Mitchell, James Moran, Natalie Murphy, Doug Novins, Terry O'Nell, Joan Piasecki, William Sack, and Phil Somervell. This project would not have been possible without the significant contributions of many people. The following interviewers, computer/data management, and administrative staff supplied energy and enthusiasm for an often difficult job: Ida Sue Gray, Squeek Herman, Robert Martin, Roy Red Shirt, Donna Shangreaux, and Lorette Yazzie. We would also like to acknowledge the contributions of the Scientific Advisory Group: Fred Beauvais, Robert Roberts, Joseph Trimble, and Jay Turner. Finally, we thank the participants who so generously answered all the questions asked of them.
Developmental Trajectories of Personal and Collective Self-Concept Among American Indian Adolescents
Version of Record online: 25 SEP 2006
Volume 77, Issue 5, pages 1487–1503, September/October 2006
How to Cite
Whitesell, N. R., Mitchell, C. M., Kaufman, C. E., Spicer, P. and the Voices of Indian Teens Project Team (2006), Developmental Trajectories of Personal and Collective Self-Concept Among American Indian Adolescents. Child Development, 77: 1487–1503. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2006.00949.x
This study was supported by NIAAA Grant R01 AA08474 (SM Manson, PI).
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Developmental trajectories of personal and collective self-concept were examined among American Indian adolescents. Personal self-concept (self-esteem) and collective self-concept (American Indian identity, Euro-American identity, community-mindedness) were assessed 6 times over 3 years in 4 cohorts of adolescents from 3 American Indian cultural groups (N=1,252). An accelerated longitudinal design was used to estimate developmental trajectories from 14 to 19 years; parallel-process and covariate models were used to examine variation in trajectories. Both personal and collective self-concepts were generally positive and showed small gains; they were moderately related to one another and differentially related to cultural group, gender, and perceived social support. The findings highlight the complexity of self-concept for American Indian youth and the significance of both personal and collective identity.