What Types of Racial Messages Protect Asian American Adolescents From Discrimination? A Latent Interaction Model

Annabelle L. Atkin, Hyung Yoo, Christine J. Yeh

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In this brief report, the authors investigate how different types of parental racial-ethnic socialization messages (i.e., cultural socialization/pluralism, promotion of mistrust, and preparation for racial bias) moderate the relationship between racial discrimination and psychological distress in a sample of 187 Asian American adolescents. Results indicated a significant positive relationship between racial discrimination and psychological distress. Cultural socialization/pluralism and promotion of mistrust also moderated the racial discrimination and psychological distress link. Specifically, for adolescents reporting low frequencies of cultural socialization/pluralism messages, discrimination was positively associated with psychological distress, suggesting cultural socialization/pluralism messages may be a protective factor. Discrimination was also positively associated with psychological distress for adolescents reporting high frequencies of promotion of mistrust, suggesting that promotion of mistrust may be a risk factor. Overall, the findings emphasize the important role that racial-ethnic socialization messages can have on psychological distress among Asian American adolescents who experience racial discrimination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Counseling Psychology
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StateAccepted/In press - Jul 23 2018

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Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Asian American
  • Psychological distress
  • Racial discrimination
  • Racial-ethnic socialization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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What Types of Racial Messages Protect Asian American Adolescents From Discrimination? A Latent Interaction Model. / Atkin, Annabelle L.; Yoo, Hyung; Yeh, Christine J.

In: Journal of Counseling Psychology, 23.07.2018.

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