Far From Fairness: Prejudice, Skin Color, and Psychological Functioning in Asian Americans

Giac-Thao Tran, Hsiu Lan Cheng, Jason D. Netland, Elisa R. Miyake

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Objectives: We explored the moderating role of observed skin color in the association between prejudice and concurrent and lagged psychological functioning (i.e., depression, ingroup/outgroup psychological connectedness). We further aimed to understand gender differences in these processes. Method: Data from 821 Asian American undergraduate students (57.5% female and 42.5% male) were drawn from the National Longitudinal Survey of Freshman. Cross-sectional and longitudinal regression-based moderation models were conducted with PROCESS 2.13 for SPSS. Results: Lighter skin color nullified the association between prejudice and recent depression for Asian American females. This moderating effect did not hold over time with regards to depression symptoms 1 year later. Additionally, prejudice predicted psychological distance to other Asian students 1 year later among females rated as lighter in skin color, whereas prejudice was tied to psychological closeness for females with darker skin ratings. Conclusions: Results highlight skin color as a pertinent factor relevant to the short-term and long-term mental health and social experiences of Asian American women in particular. (PsycINFO Database Record

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
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Keywords

  • Asian Americans
  • Gender
  • Prejudice
  • Psychological functioning
  • Skin color

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  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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Far From Fairness : Prejudice, Skin Color, and Psychological Functioning in Asian Americans. / Tran, Giac-Thao; Cheng, Hsiu Lan; Netland, Jason D.; Miyake, Elisa R.

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