Racial Identity and Psychological Symptoms Among African Americans Attending a Historically Black University


Department of Psychology, Howard University, 525 Bryant Street, NW, N-172, Washington, DC 20059 (e-mail: gilbert459@aol.com).


Previous research found racial identity predictive of psychological distress among African American students at predominantly White colleges. This study examined these relationships among 154 African American undergraduates attending a historically Black university. Racial identity was independent of psychological distress, suggesting that African American students' racial identity predicts psychological distress only in settings in which they are the minority.