Date of Award

Summer 8-12-2017

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy - School Psychology

Department

Human Services

First Advisor

Dr. Robbie Steward

Second Advisor

Dr. Nina Ellis-Hervey

Third Advisor

Dr. Luis Aguerrevere

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Frankie Clark

Fifth Advisor

Dr. Sarah Savoy

Abstract

Although individuals may not engage in racism consciously due to social undesirability, they may have biases that manifest in more subtle and unconscious ways. Research has found that people of color experiencing different racial and ethnic microaggressions in their everyday lives are subject to pervasive and negative impacts on their mental health, though little is known about the influence of one’s ethnic identity formation, affective processes, and cognitive processes. A multiple regression analysis was conducted to examine the degree to which ethnic identity development, cognitive complexity, and differentiation of self were associated reported experiences of microaggressions. The analysis indicated that ethnic identity development, cognitive complexity, and differentiation of self was significantly related to reported experiences of microaggressions in African origin (F (11,112)= 4.902, R 2= .325, p = .000) and European Origin (F (11,177)= 3.65, R 2= .170, p =.000) participants. The current study suggests African origin participants who reported more experiences of racial and ethnic microaggressions, engaged in less exploration of their ethnic identity, favored cognitive efforts, and were more tolerance of insolubility. European Origin or White participants who reported more racial and ethnic microaggressions, engaged in less exploration of their ethnic identity and reported a stronger ethnic identity.

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