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The prevalence of discrimination across racial groups in contemporary America: Results from a nationally representative sample of adults

Boutwell, Brian B.; Nedelec, Joseph L.; Winegard, Bo; Shackelford, Todd; Beaver, Kevin M.; Vaughn, Michael; Barnes, J. C.; & Wright, John P. (2017). The prevalence of discrimination across racial groups in contemporary America: Results from a nationally representative sample of adults. PLOS ONE, 12(8), e0183356.

Boutwell, Brian B.; Nedelec, Joseph L.; Winegard, Bo; Shackelford, Todd; Beaver, Kevin M.; Vaughn, Michael; Barnes, J. C.; & Wright, John P. (2017). The prevalence of discrimination across racial groups in contemporary America: Results from a nationally representative sample of adults. PLOS ONE, 12(8), e0183356.

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A large body of social science research is devoted to understanding the causes and correlates of discrimination. Comparatively less effort has been aimed at providing a general prevalence estimate of discrimination using a nationally representative sample. The current study is intended to offer such an estimate using a large sample of American respondents (N = 14,793) while also exploring perceptions regarding why respondents felt they were discriminated against. The results provide a broad estimate of self-reported discrimination experiences—an event that was only reported by about one-quarter of all sample members—across racial and ethnic categories.




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Boutwell, Brian B.
Nedelec, Joseph L.
Winegard, Bo
Shackelford, Todd
Beaver, Kevin M.
Vaughn, Michael
Barnes, J. C.
Wright, John P.



2017


PLOS ONE

12

8

e0183356







10.1371/journal.pone.0183356



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