Received Ethnic-Racial Socialization Messages and Youths' Academic and Behavioral Outcomes: Examining the Mediating Role of Ethnic Identity and Self-Esteem

Diane Hughes, Dawn Witherspoon, Deborah Rivas-Drake, Nia West-Bey

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Abstract

The authors examined relationships between cultural socialization and preparation for bias and youth outcomes. Using data from 805 African American and White early adolescents attending school in an integrated middle-class suburban school district in the northeastern United States, the authors hypothesized that ethnic affirmation and self-esteem would mediate relations between ethnic-racial socialization and more distal academic and behavioral outcomes. Cultural socialization was positively associated with academic and behavioral outcomes, and these associations were partially mediated by ethnic affirmation and self-esteem. Preparation for bias was associated with more negative academic outcomes, and these relationships were fully mediated by ethnic affirmation and self-esteem. Relationships of preparation for bias to youth outcomes were generally stronger for White compared with African American youths. The risks and benefits of different socialization messages for youths in various ecological contexts are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)112-124
Number of pages13
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2009

Keywords

  • adolescence
  • ethnic identity
  • ethnic socialization
  • racial socialization
  • self-esteem

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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