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Perceived discrimination among ethnic minority young people : the role of psychological variables

Cassidy, C. and O'Connor, R.C. and Howe, C.J. and Warden, D.A. (2005) Perceived discrimination among ethnic minority young people : the role of psychological variables. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 35 (6). pp. 1246-1265. ISSN 0021-9029

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Abstract

Because of difficulties in objectively determining discrimination, attention has turned to individual differences in perceptions of discrimination. This study aimed to build on such work by investigating the role of psychological variables in predicting perceived discrimination (PD) in a UK sample of ethnic minority young people (n = 154). A series of multiple regression analyses yielded 3 pathways leading to PD. There was a direct effect of gender on PD. Depression and low self-esteem and need for approval predicted anxiety, which in turn was related to higher PD. Finally, private collective self-esteem correlated with public collective self-esteem, which in turn predicted lower PD. The results point to the importance of psychological variables, both personal and collective, in the perception of ethnic discrimination. Furthermore, the findings enhance our understanding of the complex associations between self-esteem, affect, and PD.

Item type: Article
ID code: 5129
Keywords: discrimination, ethnic minorities, child psychology, social psychology, young people , psychological variables, Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform , Psychology, Social Psychology
Subjects: Social Sciences > Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
Department: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > Psychology
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Psychological Science and Health > Psychology
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Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2008
Last modified: 04 Sep 2014 16:22
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/5129

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