Intra- and Interracial Best Friendships During Middle School: Links to Social and Emotional Well-being

Rebecca Kang Mcgill, Niobe Way, Diane Hughes

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This study examined patterns of intra- and interracial best friendships during middle school and their associations with social and emotional well-being. We hypothesized that intraracial friendships would be beneficial for racial or ethnic minority youth because such relationships provide protection and solidarity in a discriminatory society. Results revealed that most youth had only intraracial best friends during middle school, but 38% had at least one interracial best friend. Associations between interracial best friendships and well-being varied by racial group; Black and Asian American youth with only interracial best friends reported lower emotional well-being than those with only intraracial best friends. Additionally, intraracial best friendships were associated with higher conflict than interracial best friendships, especially for Black and Latino youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)722-738
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
Volume22
Issue number4
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StatePublished - Dec 2012

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Intra- and Interracial Best Friendships During Middle School : Links to Social and Emotional Well-being. / Mcgill, Rebecca Kang; Way, Niobe; Hughes, Diane.

In: Journal of Research on Adolescence, Vol. 22, No. 4, 12.2012, p. 722-738.

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