Ethnic identity and approach-type coping as moderators of the racial discrimination/well-being relation in Asian Americans

Hyung Chol Yoo, Richard M. Lee

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Abstract

Ethnic identity, in combination with approach-type coping strategies (i.e., social support seeking, cognitive restructuring, and problem solving), was hypothesized to moderate the effects of perceived racial discrimination on the well-being of Asian American college students. Results found that individuals with a strong ethnic identity were more likely to engage in approach-type coping strategies, but the use of cognitive restructuring and problem solving coping buffered the effects of racial discrimination on well-being only when racial discrimination was low. These results are contrary to the current literature and suggest ethnic identity and approach-type coping strategies may not always protect against discrimination for Asian Americans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)497-506
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of counseling psychology
Volume52
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Asian Americans
  • Coping
  • Discrimination
  • Ethnic identity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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