Examining the Life Script of African-Americans: A Test of the Cultural Life Script
Version of Record online: 15 JAN 2014
Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Applied Cognitive Psychology
Volume 28, Issue 3, pages 419–426, May/June 2014
How to Cite
Coleman, J. T. (2014), Examining the Life Script of African-Americans: A Test of the Cultural Life Script. Appl. Cognit. Psychol., 28: 419–426. doi: 10.1002/acp.3000
- Issue online: 6 APR 2014
- Version of Record online: 15 JAN 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 9 DEC 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 4 DEC 2013
- Manuscript Received: 27 FEB 2013
Life scripts are expectations of the timings of important events in the normative life and are considered to represent an idealized lifecourse. However, whether they always represent an idealized lifecourse has not yet been tested in groups that may experience an increased prevalence of negative emotional events, such as historically unfairly treated minorities. In the present study, 255 African-American adults completed a test of the life script. To ascertain the existence of a unique, African-American life script, half nominated events likely to happen in the prospective life of a typical infant and half nominated those events for a prototypical infant of their race. Whereas some novel events specifically relevant to African-Americans were mentioned in the current study, and a larger proportion of infrequently mentioned events were present compared with previous studies, overall, the findings support the expectations of the life script, as described by Rubin and Berntsen. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.