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Ethnic and Racial Identity in Adolescence: Implications for Psychosocial, Academic, and Health Outcomes

Citation

Rivas-Drake, Deborah; Seaton, Eleanor K.; Markstrom, Carol; Quintana, Stephen M.; Syed, Moin; Lee, Richard M.; Schwartz, Seth J.; Umaña-Taylor, Adriana J.; French, Sabine; & Yip, Tiffany, et al. (2014). Ethnic and Racial Identity in Adolescence: Implications for Psychosocial, Academic, and Health Outcomes. Child Development, 85(1), 40-57. PMCID: PMC6673646

Abstract

The construction of an ethnic or racial identity is considered an important developmental milestone for youth of color. This review summarizes research on links between ethnic and racial identity (ERI) with psychosocial, academic, and health risk outcomes among ethnic minority adolescents. With notable exceptions, aspects of ERI are generally associated with adaptive outcomes. ERI are generally beneficial for African American adolescents' adjustment across all three domains, whereas the evidence is somewhat mixed for Latino and American Indian youth. There is a dearth of research for academic and health risk outcomes among Asian American and Pacific Islander adolescents. The review concludes with suggestions for future research on ERI among minority youth.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cdev.12200

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2014

Journal Title

Child Development

Author(s)

Rivas-Drake, Deborah
Seaton, Eleanor K.
Markstrom, Carol
Quintana, Stephen M.
Syed, Moin
Lee, Richard M.
Schwartz, Seth J.
Umaña-Taylor, Adriana J.
French, Sabine
Yip, Tiffany
Ethnic and Racial Identity in the 21st Century Study Group,

PMCID

PMC6673646