This research was supported by a grant from Glasgow Anti-Racist Alliance as part of its Social Inclusion Partnership funded by the Scottish Executive.
Perceived Discrimination Among Ethnic Minority Young People: The Role of Psychological Variables1
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 35, Issue 6, pages 1246–1265, June 2005
How to Cite
Cassidy, C., O'Connor, R. C., Howe, C. and Warden, D. (2005), Perceived Discrimination Among Ethnic Minority Young People: The Role of Psychological Variables. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 35: 1246–1265. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2005.tb02169.x
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Because of difficulties in objectively determining discrimination, attention has turned to individual differences in perceptions of discrimination. This study aimed to build on such work by investigating the role of psychological variables in predicting perceived discrimination (PD) in a UK sample of ethnic minority young people (n= 154). A series of multiple regression analyses yielded 3 pathways leading to PD. There was a direct effect of gender on PD. Depression and low self-esteem and need for approval predicted anxiety, which in turn was related to higher PD. Finally, private collective self-esteem correlated with public collective self-esteem, which in turn predicted lower PD. The results point to the importance of psychological variables, both personal and collective, in the perception of ethnic discrimination. Furthermore, the findings enhance our understanding of the complex associations between self-esteem, affect, and PD.