Exploration of Bidirectionality in African American and Latinx Adolescents' Offline and Online Ethnic-Racial Discrimination

Fantasy T. Lozada, Eleanor K. Seaton, Chelsea Derlan Williams, Brendesha M. Tynes

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Abstract

Objectives: The objective of the present study was to examine longitudinal relations between adolescents' reports of offline (i.e., in-person) ethnic-racial discrimination and adolescents' reports of online ethnic-racial discrimination. Method: The study was conducted among a sample of 570 African American and Latinx adolescents (58% female; 10-18 years) over three waves of assessments occurring at yearly intervals. Autoregressive cross-lagged analyses examined potential bidirectional relations of offline ethnic-racial discrimination and online ethnic-racial discrimination. Results: Results indicated that adolescents' more frequent experiences of offline ethnic-racial discrimination predicted more frequent experiences of online ethnic-racial discrimination across time, but that the opposite direction was not supported. Conclusions: Findings may be used to redefine current theoretical frameworks that assert the bidirectional nature of online and offline experiences, particularly in the domain of ethnic-racial discrimination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • African Americans
  • Latinxs
  • Offline ethnic-racial discrimination
  • Online ethnic-racial discrimination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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