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Racial Discrimination In The United States

624 words - 3 pages

Our country has made great strides in addressing disparities that occur between ethnic groups and special populations by promoting equal opportunities for all in schools, work, etc. However, ethnic minority college students still experience the stress of racial discrimination and other minority group stereotypes, thus affecting their mental health. Cokley, et. al conducted a study that measured the minority status stress and imposter feelings as predictors to having negative impact on the mental health of diverse ethnic minority college students. Minority stress status refers to the negative experiences a group receive through ethnic/racial group stereotypes or racial/cultural ...view middle of the document...

The experiences and self-perceptions of these two ethnic groups contributed to the findings mentioned earlier. According to the data, both minority status stress and impostor feeling “significantly correlated with psychological distress and psychological well-being” (p.91). However, while the mental status stress can cause psychological distress; the imposter feelings can both promote psychological well-being and cause psychological distress.

I agree with the researchers when they acknowledged that the study warrants further investigation to include other ethnic minority groups and to consider cultural variables. However, I disagree with their findings on the Asian American students for the reason that they only sampled one Asian American ethnicity, the Filipinos, rather than including all ethnicities belonging to that ethnic group (such as Chinese Americans, Japanese Americans, etc). Furthermore, the study only samples students from the one university, University of Texas - Austin. The sample population should have included various areas in United States, primarily focusing on urban/metropolitan...

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