Behavior: A Question of Black Pride

Studies show little improvement in black youths' self-image

It has long been an article of faith among psychologists and educators that black achievement in business, sports, politics and the arts would result in growing self-esteem among black children. That belief was challenged last week by two studies, reported at a meeting in New York City of the American Psychological Association, indicating that the poor self-image of black youngsters seems to have changed little over the past four decades. Concluded Kenneth B. Clark, professor emeritus of psychology at City University of New York, whose classic study of black children in 1947 first disclosed the depth of the problem: "There haven't...

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