SELF-CONCEPT AND ATTITUDES: A COMPARISON OF CANADIAN INDIAN AND NON-INDIAN STUDENTS

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  • *Revision of a paper delivered at the 14th annual meetings of the Western Association of Sociology and Anthropology, Calgary, 1972. Helpful comments were provided on an earlier draft by two anonymous reviewers. I wish to thank Professors David G. Wangler, Baha Abu Laban, and Les Gue (University of Alberta) for supervising the MED thesis from which this paper is abstracted.

Abstract

La recherche antérieure sur les étudiants indiens canadiens suggère la formation d'images de soi et d'attitudes négatives en conséquence de leur position dans la société et de la discrimination rencontrée dans la société et dans l'école. La plus grande partie de cette recherche a cependent négligé de comparer les attitudes de ces étudiants avec celles des étudiants non-indiens qui, on présume, n'ont pas à faire face aux mêmes pressions et situations sociales. La présente étude a été construite de façon à pouvoir examiner les états affectifs des étudiants indiens et non-indiens en contrôlant un nombre de variables importantes. Les résultats ne confirme pas l'affirmation faite par la recherche antérieure.

Previous research on Canadian Indian students suggests that they develop negative self-concepts and attitudes as a result of their position in society and the discrimination they face in society and school. However, most of this research has failed to compare the attitudes of these students with the attitudes of non-Indian students who, presumably, have not faced the same social pressures and situations. The present study was designed to examine the affective states of both Indian and non-Indian students when a number of important variables were controlled. The findings do not support the contention that Indian students have negative self-concepts and attitudes.

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