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BELIEFS ABOUT HUMAN NATURE HELD BY ADOLESCENTS IN FIJI: SOME PRELIMINARY ETHNIC AND SEX COMPARISONS

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Abstract:

Beliefs in overall trustworthiness and complexity of others were investigated in 121 adolescents (mean age 14.7 years) from schools in the Suva-Nausori area of Fiji. Using a 15-item version of Wrightsman's Children's Philosophies of Human Nature scale, it was shown (p < 0.01) that females had a higher level of belief in the trustworthiness of people. In a multicultural comparison, it was shown that Indo-Fijians and Europeans both had a higher level (p < 0.001) of belief in the trustworthiness of people than Fijians. Europeans were shown (p < 0.05) to see people in general as more complex in comparison with both the Fijian and Indo-Fijian groups.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2224/sbp.1980.8.1.125

Publication date: January 1, 1980

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