Self‐ratings and counselor ratings of the interpersonal characteristics of 232 female welfare recipients in a job‐training program were compared. The welfare recipient sample included 108 Anglos, 55 Mexican‐Americans, and 69 Blacks. The data was analyzed using 3 × 2 analysis of variance (ethnicity of client × rater), and correlations between client and counselor ratings of the clients' interpersonal characteristics were computed. Results indicated that the pattern of relationships between counselor and client ratings for Mexican‐Americans was distinct from the other ethnic groups. Mexican‐Americans were rated by the counselors as being less competitive and dominant, and more apologetic and docile than Blacks or Anglos. Self‐ratings on these dimensions did not differ across ethnic groups. Correlations between counselor and client ratings of interpersonal characteristics of Mexican‐Americans was also lower than those for Anglos or Blacks. The findings were discussed in terms of their implications for the adaptation of Mexican‐Americans to Anglo‐dominated social environments.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Journal of Community Psychology|
|State||Published - Apr 1978|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Psychology