Date of Award

5-1-1994

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S.W.

Department

School of Social Work

First Advisor

Dr. Gale Horton

Abstract

This study investigates the impact of race, age, gender, parental support, and the number of parents in the nuclear family and its effect on child and adolescent self-esteem. The correlation research design was used to determine if a relationship existed between the independent variable selfesteem and the dependent variables race, gender, level of parental support and the number of parents in the nuclear family. A simple random sample of 120 students was conducted. The two theories that were used with this study was Social Learning Theory and Symbolic Interaction. The major findings in the study concluded that there is a relationship between self-esteem of children and adolescents and race, gender, parental support and the number of parents in the nuclear family.

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