Centering the Heterogeneity of Black Adolescents' Experiences: Guidance for Within-Group Designs among African Diasporic Communities

Vanessa V. Volpe, Naila A. Smith, Olivenne D. Skinner, Fantasy T. Lozada, Elan C. Hope, Juan Del Toro

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Abstract

Despite notable improvements in theory and methods that center the lived experiences of Black adolescents, White supremacy endures in developmental science. In this article, we focus on one methodological manifestation of White supremacy—sampling decisions that assume Black adolescents are a homogeneous group. We examine overlooked concerns about within-group designs with Black adolescents, such as the erasure of some African diasporic communities in the United States. We first describe the homogeneity assumption and join other scholars in advocating for within-group designs. We next describe challenges with current approaches to within-group designs. We then provide recommendations for antiracist research that makes informed within-group design sampling decisions. We conclude by describing the implications of these strategies for researchers and developmental science.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1298-1311
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
Volume32
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2022
Externally publishedYes

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© 2022 The Authors. Journal of Research on Adolescence published by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of Society for Research on Adolescence.

Keywords

  • Black adolescents
  • antiracism
  • heterogeneity
  • methods
  • within-group designs

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