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Title:Whites' racial affect: understanding the antiracist type
Author(s):Kordesh, Kathleen
Advisor(s):Spanierman, Lisa B.
Department / Program:Educational Psychology
Discipline:Educational Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
White racial attitudes
costs of racism to Whites
Abstract:To learn more about the antiracist racial affect type, as measured by the Psychosocial Costs of Racism to Whites scale (PCRW; Spanierman & Heppner, 2004), the researchers conducted two focus groups. One group was comprised of White students (n = 5) whose scores reflected the antiracist racial affect type, whereas the other was comprised of White students (n = 6) who did not score as antiracist. Using a modified version of the Consensual Qualitative Research method (Hill, Thompson, & Williams, 1997), analysis revealed six topic domains: (a) manifestations of racial awareness, (b) experiences with diversity while growing up, (c) experiences with diversity at the university, (d) emotional responses to racial issues, (e) perceptions of the former racialized mascot of the university, and (f) expressions of racism. Further validating the PCRW, findings indicated that White students who scored as antiracist differed in important ways from those who did not score as antiracist. Moreover, the students in the antiracist affect type demonstrated a number of similarities to how antiracists have been described in the broader interdisciplinary literature.
Issue Date:2012-02-06
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Rights Information:Copyright 2011 Kathleen Kordesh
Date Available in IDEALS:2012-02-06
Date Deposited:2011-12

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