ERIC Number: EJ735003
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
African American Adolescents' Discrimination Experiences and Academic Achievement: Racial Socialization as a Cultural Compensatory and Protective Factor
Neblett, Enrique W., Jr.; Philip, Cheri L.; Cogburn, Courtney D.; Sellers, Robert M.
Journal of Black Psychology, v32 n2 p199-218 2006
This study examines the interrelationships among racial discrimination experiences, parent race socialization practices, and academic achievement outcomes in a sample of 548 African American adolescents. Adolescents' racial discrimination experiences were associated with a decrease in academic curiosity, persistence, and student self-reported grades. Racial pride, self-worth, egalitarian, and negative messages and racial socialization behaviors emerged as unique predictors of various academic outcomes, but did not appear to modulate the impact of racial discrimination experiences on academic outcomes. The present findings provide preliminary evidence that parents' messages to their children about race may compensate for or counteract racial discrimination, as opposed to moderating its influence on academic achievement outcomes. The implications of these findings are discussed in terms of motivation and other key developmental factors that may influence academic achievement outcomes in African American adolescents. (Contains 1 note and 2 tables.)
Descriptors: Racial Discrimination, Adolescents, Socialization, Academic Achievement, African American Students, Experience, Academic Persistence, Grades (Scholastic), Predictor Variables, Parent Child Relationship, Student Motivation, Social Behavior, Racial Factors, Ethnicity, Parent Role
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