Resilience to discrimination stress across ethnic identity stages of development

Andrea J Romero, Lisa M. Edwards, Stephanie A. Fryberg, Michele Orduña

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Ethnic identity development may increase resilience to discrimination and prejudice, which are often common and stressful for ethnic minority adolescents. Based on ethnic identity development theory and resilience theory, we hypothesize that under high discrimination stress, ethnic affirmation and ethnic identity stage will have protective moderating effects on self-esteem and depressive symptoms. A cross-sectional self-report study with 125 ethnic minority adolescents (13-18 years) found that ethnic affirmation (p<.05) had protective effects on depressive symptoms (p<.05) and protective-enhancing effects on self-esteem at high levels of discrimination stress. Achieved ethnic identity stage (p<.05) had protective-stabilizing effects on self-esteem at high discrimination stress. Our findings demonstrate that the protective elements of ethnic identity are feeling positive about one's ethnic group, having learned about one's history, and having resolved conflicts about one's ethnic group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume44
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2014

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Resilience to discrimination stress across ethnic identity stages of development. / Romero, Andrea J; Edwards, Lisa M.; Fryberg, Stephanie A.; Orduña, Michele.

In: Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Vol. 44, No. 1, 01.2014, p. 1-11.

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Romero, Andrea J ; Edwards, Lisa M. ; Fryberg, Stephanie A. ; Orduña, Michele. / Resilience to discrimination stress across ethnic identity stages of development. In: Journal of Applied Social Psychology. 2014 ; Vol. 44, No. 1. pp. 1-11.
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