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ERIC Number: EJ762494
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 11
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ISSN: ISSN-0022-0167
Perceived Discrimination and Women's Psychological Distress: The Roles of Collective and Personal Self-Esteem
Fischer, Ann R.; Holz, Kenna Bolton
Journal of Counseling Psychology, v54 n2 p154-164 Apr 2007
In the spirit of counseling psychology's social justice mission (e.g., L. A. Goodman, B. Liang, J. E. Helms, R. E. Latta, E. Sparks, & S. R. Weintraub, 2004), the authors examined perceptions of discrimination against women as related to women's views of the group women, their views of themselves as individuals, and their psychological distress. Path analysis was used to test an extended chain of mediation from perceptions of discrimination to public collective self-esteem, private collective self-esteem, personal self-esteem, and finally to psychological distress. Data (N = 235) were consistent with hypotheses and indicated a good fit for the model. Results were in accord with feminist theorists' assertions of the harmful nature of sexist discrimination, as the model accounted for substantial proportions of variance in depression and anxiety. Furthermore, these findings on mechanisms by which harm may be induced offer important clues for prevention and intervention.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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