Perceived discrimination, self-esteem and psychological distress:The role of personal and ethnic self-esteem

Clare Cassidy, RC O'Connor, C Howe, D Warden

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Abstract

The present study aimed to draw on 2 theoretical models to examine the relationship between perceived ethnic discrimination and psychological distress in a sample of ethnic minority young people (N = 154). Analysis provided no support for the hypothesis derived from the self-esteem theory of depression that self-esteem (personal and ethnic) moderates the discrimination-distress relationship. There was, however, partial support for a mediating role of self-esteem, as predicted by the transactional model of stress and coping. This mediational relationship was moderated by gender, such that both forms of self-esteem exerted a mediating role among men but not women. The authors consider the implications of their findings for theory and future research examining the consequences of discrimination on psychological well-being.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-339
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Counseling Psychology
Volume51
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2004

Keywords

  • AFRICAN-AMERICANS
  • RACIAL-DISCRIMINATION
  • MENTAL-HEALTH
  • GENDER DISCRIMINATION
  • SOCIAL CONNECTEDNESS
  • STRESS PROCESS
  • SEXIST EVENTS
  • IDENTITY
  • MINORITY
  • ADOLESCENTS

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