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ERIC Number: EJ851045
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1062-1024
Examining Relationships between Ethnic Identity, Family Environment, and Psychological Outcomes for African American Adolescents
Street, Jalika; Harris-Britt, April; Walker-Barnes, Chanequa
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v18 n4 p412-420 Aug 2009
Ethnic identity has been linked to a number of healthy psychological outcomes for African American adolescents. The levels of conflict and cohesion in the family environment have also been found to be predictive of adolescent mental health. This study examined whether the ethnic identity and levels of conflict and cohesion in the family environments were related to adolescents' psychological adjustment. Participants included 61 African American adolescents, ages 10-14 years old, and their parents. Hierarchical regression models were used to determine the cumulative effects of ethnic identity and family functioning on adolescent mental health, specifically adolescent levels of depression, self-esteem, and interpersonal functioning. Results indicated that having a positive ethnic identity and a cohesive family environment were most strongly associated with psychological adjustment. Implications of these results are discussed in terms of family interventions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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