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The Moderating Capacity of Racial Identity between Perceived Discrimination and Psychological Well-Being over Time among African American Youth

Citation

Seaton, Eleanor K; .; Neblett, Enrique W., Jr.; Upton, Rachel D.; Hammond, Wizdom Powell; & Sellers, Robert M. (2011). The Moderating Capacity of Racial Identity between Perceived Discrimination and Psychological Well-Being over Time among African American Youth. Child Development, 82(6), 1850-1867. PMCID: PMC3218238

Abstract

This study examined the influence of racial identity in the longitudinal relation between perceptions of racial discrimination and psychological well-being for approximately 560 African American youth. Latent curve modeling (LCM) and parallel process multiple-indicator LCMs with latent moderators were used to assess whether perceptions of racial discrimination predicted the intercept (initial levels) and the slope (rate of change) of psychological well-being over time, and whether racial identity moderates these relations. The results indicated that African American adolescents who reported higher psychological responses to discrimination frequency levels at the first time point had lower initial levels of well-being. Regressing the slope factor for psychological well-being on the frequency of discrimination also revealed a nonsignificant result for subsequent well-being levels.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8624.2011.01651.x

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2011

Journal Title

Child Development

Author(s)

Seaton, Eleanor K
.
Neblett, Enrique W., Jr.
Upton, Rachel D.
Hammond, Wizdom Powell
Sellers, Robert M.

PMCID

PMC3218238