Racism-Related Stress, General Life Stress, and Psychological Functioning Among Black American Women

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  • The authors thank Millicent Dike for her assistance in data collection and are especially thankful to the individuals who participated in the study.

concerning this article should be addressed to Alex L. Pieterse, Faculty of Education, Counselling Psychology Programs, Monash University, Building 6, Wellington Road, Melbourne, Victoria 3800, Australia (e-mail: alex.pieterse@monash.edu).

Abstract

The relationship between general life stress, perceived racism, and psychological functioning was explored in a sample of 118 Black American women. Findings indicate that racism-related stress was not a significant predictor of psychological functioning when controlling for general life stress. Perceived racism was positively associated with general life stress. Implications for practice and future research are discussed.

La relación entre el estrés general de la vida, el racismo percibido y el funcionamiento psicológico se exploraron en una muestra de 118 mujeres afroamericanas. Los resultados indican que el estrés relacionado con el racismo no fue un pronosticador significativo del funcionamiento psicológico cuando se controló estadísticamente para tomar en cuenta el estrés general de la vida. El racismo percibido estuvo asociado positivamente con el estrés general de la vida. Se discuten las implicaciones para la práctica e investigaciones futuras.

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