Do ethnic identity and other-group orientation protect against discrimination for Asian Americans?

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Abstract

Ethnic identity and other-group orientation were examined as possible moderators and mediators on the effects of personal ethnic discrimination and minority group discrimination in 2 studies of Asian Americans. Results demonstrated that discrimination, particularly when directed personally at an individual, correlated negatively with psychological well-being and correlated positively with distress. Ethnic identity and other-group orientation, however, correlated positively with psychological well-being. Contrary to the main hypothesis, ethnic identity did not moderate or mediate the effects of discrimination, although other-group orientation demonstrated a moderator effect on community well-being. More research on ethnic identity and other-group orientation as protective factors that enable Asian Americans to be resilient against discrimination is necessary to clarify the findings from these studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-141
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Counseling Psychology
Volume50
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2003

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