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Title:Ecological examination of the development of color-blind racial beliefs in black college students
Author(s):Barr, Simone C.
Director of Research:Neville, Helen A.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Neville, Helen A.
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Aber, Mark S.; Miller, Peggy J.; Ramirez Garcia, Jorge I.; Hunter, Carla D.
Department / Program:Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):African Americans
College Students
Racial Socialization
Color-Blind Racial Beliefs
Abstract:The Ecological Model of Racial Socialization (EMRS) was tested among a sample of 204 Black college students from a Midwestern predominately White university. The EMRS explored the relation between the racial composition of participants’ contexts and racial socialization provided by both familial and non familial sources. In addition, the model addressed the relations between racial socialization provided by multiple sources and color-blind racial beliefs and mental health. Findings from hierarchical multiple regression analyses indicated partial support of EMRS. Specifically, the racial composition of participants’ neighborhood and friend group accounted for a unique amount of variance in Cultural Pride and Alertness to Racism racial socialization received from both parents and peers. Additionally, Alertness to Racism racial socialization provided by peers accounted for a significant amount of variance in color-blind racial attitudes. Similarly, Peer Alertness to Racism racial socialization accounted for a significant amount of variance in mental health outcomes. Finally, color-blind racial beliefs moderated the relationship between Parental Internalized Racism racial socialization and mental health outcomes. Implications and future directions are discussed.
Issue Date:2010-05-19
Rights Information:Copyright 2010 Simone C. Barr
Date Available in IDEALS:2010-05-19
Date Deposited:May 2010

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