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The Influence of Cognitive Development and Perceived Racial Discrimination on the Psychological Well-Being of African American Youth

Citation

Seaton, Eleanor K & . (2010). The Influence of Cognitive Development and Perceived Racial Discrimination on the Psychological Well-Being of African American Youth. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 39(6), 694-703.

Abstract

The present study examined the influence of cognitive development in the relationship between multiple types of racial discrimination and psychological well-being. A sample of 322 African American adolescents (53% female), aged 13–18, completed measures of cognitive development, racial discrimination, self-esteem and depressive symptoms. Based on the cognitive development measure, youth were categorized as having pre-formal or formal reasoning abilities. The results indicate no significant differences in perceptions of individual, cultural or collective/institutional racism between pre-formal reasoning and formal reasoning adolescents. However, the results do suggest that perceptions of collective/institutional racism were more harmful for the self-esteem of pre-formal reasoning youth than the self-esteem of formal reasoning youth. The implications for the racial discrimination literature among African American adolescents are discussed.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10964-009-9438-4

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2010

Journal Title

Journal of Youth and Adolescence

Author(s)

Seaton, Eleanor K
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