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Locus-of-control, blame, self-esteem and behavior in incestuously abused Black and Hispanic children in foster care, by Eleta J. Greene

Label
Locus-of-control, blame, self-esteem and behavior in incestuously abused Black and Hispanic children in foster care
Title
Locus-of-control, blame, self-esteem and behavior in incestuously abused Black and Hispanic children in foster care
Statement of responsibility
by Eleta J. Greene
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The focus of this study was the investigation of the relationship between locus of control, self-esteem and maladaptive behavior among incestuously abused Black and Hispanic children placed in foster care, as a means of delineating within group differences for a sample of subjects uniquely affected by the experience of powerlessness. The locus of control orientation of 37 females and 17 males was examined using the bipolar Nowicki and Strickland Locus of Control Scale for Children (NS-CIE), the Connell Multidimensional Measure of Children's Perceptions of Control (MMCPC) and a Blame Questionnaire developed by the author, as related to self-esteem using the Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventories (SEI) and Maladaptive Behavior using the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL). It was hypothesized that, for this sample of children, the Powerful Other external as opposed to the Internal or Unknown/Chance external orientations would be related to higher self-esteem and lower maladaptive behavior. Upon review of the data extensive gender differences were found on all of the measures, requiring separation of the female and male correlations for analysis. Although the findings indicate that internal locus of control is related to higher General (r =.33) and Total (r =.30) self-esteem for females, no relationship was found between internality and self-esteem for males. Powerful Other (MMCPC), an external orientation, was associated with lower maladaptive behavior for males (Total, r = $-$.33; Externalizing, r = $-$.31). In addition, external (Other) blaming behavior was related to higher General (r =.36), School (r =.38) and Total (r =.35) self-esteem for females and higher Social self-esteem (r =.31) for males. Internal blaming behavior (Behavioral Self-Blame) was related to lower School (r = $-$.30) and Parent/Home (r = $-$.32) self-esteem for females. In addition, Characterological Self-Blame (an internal orientation) was related to lower Social (r = $-$.39), School (r = $-$.43) and Total (r = $-$.38) for males and to higher Total (r =.38), Internalized (r =.31) and Externalized (r =.32) maladaptive behavior for females. Although these findings must be interpreted with caution due to the small sample and the small number of males, the results of this investigation support the thesis underlying this study (externality may be adaptive for some groups). The consistent gender differences in response to the measures used, suggests that the experience of powerlessness may have different meaning for female and male victims of incestuous abuse. In addition, the NS-CIE's consistent inability to tap the control orientations of this sample, in relationship to the variables studied, suggests the broader applicability of a multidimensional measure of locus of control
Cataloging source
MUU
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Greene, Eleta J
Degree
Ph. D.
Dissertation year
1992.
Granting institution
Fielding Institute
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • theses
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Foster children
  • African American children
  • Hispanic American children
  • Locus of control
  • Blaming the victim
  • Self-esteem in children
  • Problem children
Target audience
specialized
Label
Locus-of-control, blame, self-esteem and behavior in incestuously abused Black and Hispanic children in foster care, by Eleta J. Greene
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Publication
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Typescript
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
812628022
Dimensions
cm.
Extent
vii, 226 leaves
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Reproduction note
Photocopy.
System control number
(OCoLC)812628022
Label
Locus-of-control, blame, self-esteem and behavior in incestuously abused Black and Hispanic children in foster care, by Eleta J. Greene
Publication
Note
Typescript
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
812628022
Dimensions
cm.
Extent
vii, 226 leaves
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Reproduction note
Photocopy.
System control number
(OCoLC)812628022

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