The Influence of Internalized Racism on the Relationship between Racial Discrimination and Depressive and Anxiety Symptom Distress Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Sosoo, Effua
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • The current study used three waves of data to longitudinally examine whether internalized racism moderated and/or mediated the association between racial discrimination and depressive and anxiety symptom distress. Participants were 155 Black college students attending a predominantly White institution who completed measures of racial discrimination, internalized racism, and mental health symptom distress. Using hierarchical linear regression and auto-regressive cross-lagged models, results indicated that certain dimensions of internalized racism moderated, but did not mediate, the link between racial discrimination and psychological symptom distress. Specifically, there was a positive association between racial discrimination and Wave 3 somatization symptom distress for individuals with low levels of alteration of physical appearance. There was also a positive association between racial discrimination and Wave 2 anxiety for individuals with high levels of internalization of negative stereotypes. Clinical implications for the treatment of Black college students are discussed.
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  • Kurtz-Costes, Beth
  • Neblett, Enrique
  • Bardone-Cone, Anna
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • 2017

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