Vistas Online 2016

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.


Ethnic Identity and the Adolescent’s Academic Performance

Chaiqua A. Harris and Robika Modak Mylroie


Ethnic identity can play an influential role during the adolescent development stage. The impact of ethnic and racial identity formation has been explored in past research and is certainly an area that should be more thoroughly examined. This study explored the relationship between academic self-efficacy, ethnic identity, sex, and socioeconomic status with academic performance. Ethnic identity and socioeconomic status were not found to be statistically significant. This finding was contrary to some previous research findings that found ethnic identity to play a significant role in the increasing or decreasing of adolescents’ academic success. Due to this knowledge, the researchers will focus on how ethnic identity can play an influential role in the academic performance of adolescents.

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