Problems of the isolated and non-isolated Indian female students in Manitoba

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McManus, Patricia R.
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The purpose of the study was to report on and compare the problems of isolated and non-isolated Indian female students. The study examined the problems of Indian females of various ages, in various grades, and in various educational settings. Subjects were also requested to state whether they desired more opportunities to look at their problems. The problem under investigation was what are the problem areas and specific problems of female Indian students? Comparisons were made on the basis of grade, location of school, and period of time away from home. The sample of this study consisted of 64 students attending federal day schools in their final year, either grade 8 or 9, and 81 students attending secondary schools in Metropolitan Winnipeg. All students were in regular academic programs. The Mooney Problem Check List was used to survey the problems of the subjects. Permission to survey was granted by the District Superintendent of Education, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. Guidance Counsellors from the Department surveyed the students. Problem areas and specific problems were obtained from the tabulation of the data. The total Indian female group as well as the isolated and non-isolated groups ranked the "Adjustment to School Work" area first and the "Personal-Psychological Relations" area second in both major and minor responses. The isolated female Indian groups designated more items in all eleven areas of the MPCL than the non-isolated groups. Isolated girls were especially more concerned with problems in the "Social-Psychological Relations" area than the non-isolated girls. More cultural differentiation may be experienced by the isolated students along with less facility in the English language may account for the greater concern evinced than the non-isolated. More cultural differentiation along with less facility in the English language may account for the greater concern evinced by the isolated students than that expressed by the non-isolated students. The grade 9 girls from isolated communities living in the Winnipeg area for the first year selected the most problems in six of the eleven MPCL areas. Areas selected were concerned with health, recreation, social and personal psychological...