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ERIC Number: EJ775246
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jan
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0167
Self-Esteem as a Moderator between Perceived Discrimination and Psychological Distress among Women
Corning, Alexandra F.
Journal of Counseling Psychology, v49 n1 p117-126 Jan 2002
The relationship between perceived discrimination and psychological distress was investigated within a social comparison theory framework. Predictions of a variant of social comparison theory--relative deprivation theory--as well as predictions from the stress-buffering literature pertaining to the moderating effects of self-esteem were tested using samples primarily composed of European American women. Results regarding the theorized self-protecting roles of personal self-esteem (Study 1) and collective self-esteem (Study 2) indicated mixed support for personal self-esteem and consistent support for collective self-esteem as moderators of the discrimination-distress relationship. Results are discussed in terms of their implications for theory, practice, and research pertaining to the impact of discrimination and social stigma.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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