Perceived Racial Discrimination and Racial Identity Profiles Among African American Adolescents

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

44 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The present study examined the relation between multiple types of racial discrimination and psychological well-being across racial identity profiles. A sample of 322 African American adolescents completed measures of racial identity, racial discrimination, self-esteem and depressive symptoms. Cluster analyses were conducted to create previously identified racial identity profiles and 3 were evident: Buffering/Defensive, Alienated, and Idealized. The racial identity profiles moderated the relation between perceptions of racial discrimination and psychological well-being such that perceptions of racial discrimination were linked to higher levels of depressive symptoms for Alienated youth but not for Buffering/Defensive or Idealized youth. The implications for the racial discrimination literature among African American adolescents are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-144
Number of pages8
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2009
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

Racism
African Americans
racism
adolescent
well-being
Depression
Psychology
Self Concept
self-esteem
Cluster Analysis
American

Keywords

  • adolescents
  • African Americans/Blacks
  • racial discrimination
  • racial identity
  • well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

Cite this

@article{947906a95de34365a4d59303a637f3f4,
title = "Perceived Racial Discrimination and Racial Identity Profiles Among African American Adolescents",
abstract = "The present study examined the relation between multiple types of racial discrimination and psychological well-being across racial identity profiles. A sample of 322 African American adolescents completed measures of racial identity, racial discrimination, self-esteem and depressive symptoms. Cluster analyses were conducted to create previously identified racial identity profiles and 3 were evident: Buffering/Defensive, Alienated, and Idealized. The racial identity profiles moderated the relation between perceptions of racial discrimination and psychological well-being such that perceptions of racial discrimination were linked to higher levels of depressive symptoms for Alienated youth but not for Buffering/Defensive or Idealized youth. The implications for the racial discrimination literature among African American adolescents are discussed.",
keywords = "adolescents, African Americans/Blacks, racial discrimination, racial identity, well-being",
author = "Eleanor Seaton",
year = "2009",
month = "4",
doi = "10.1037/a0015506",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "15",
pages = "137--144",
journal = "Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology",
issn = "1099-9809",
publisher = "American Psychological Association Inc.",
number = "2",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Perceived Racial Discrimination and Racial Identity Profiles Among African American Adolescents

AU - Seaton, Eleanor

PY - 2009/4

Y1 - 2009/4

N2 - The present study examined the relation between multiple types of racial discrimination and psychological well-being across racial identity profiles. A sample of 322 African American adolescents completed measures of racial identity, racial discrimination, self-esteem and depressive symptoms. Cluster analyses were conducted to create previously identified racial identity profiles and 3 were evident: Buffering/Defensive, Alienated, and Idealized. The racial identity profiles moderated the relation between perceptions of racial discrimination and psychological well-being such that perceptions of racial discrimination were linked to higher levels of depressive symptoms for Alienated youth but not for Buffering/Defensive or Idealized youth. The implications for the racial discrimination literature among African American adolescents are discussed.

AB - The present study examined the relation between multiple types of racial discrimination and psychological well-being across racial identity profiles. A sample of 322 African American adolescents completed measures of racial identity, racial discrimination, self-esteem and depressive symptoms. Cluster analyses were conducted to create previously identified racial identity profiles and 3 were evident: Buffering/Defensive, Alienated, and Idealized. The racial identity profiles moderated the relation between perceptions of racial discrimination and psychological well-being such that perceptions of racial discrimination were linked to higher levels of depressive symptoms for Alienated youth but not for Buffering/Defensive or Idealized youth. The implications for the racial discrimination literature among African American adolescents are discussed.

KW - adolescents

KW - African Americans/Blacks

KW - racial discrimination

KW - racial identity

KW - well-being

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=65549089941&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=65549089941&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1037/a0015506

DO - 10.1037/a0015506

M3 - Article

C2 - 19364200

AN - SCOPUS:65549089941

VL - 15

SP - 137

EP - 144

JO - Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology

JF - Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology

SN - 1099-9809

IS - 2

ER -