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

Cassidy, C., O'Connor, R. C. , Howe, C. and Warden, D. (2004) Perceived discrimination and psychological distress: the role of personal and ethnic self-esteem. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 51(3), pp. 329-339. (doi:10.1037/0022-0167.51.3.329)

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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.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:O'Connor, Professor Rory
Authors: Cassidy, C., O'Connor, R. C., Howe, C., and Warden, D.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Journal of Counseling Psychology
Publisher:American Psychological Association
ISSN:0022-0167
ISSN (Online):1939-2168

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