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Attributions to Discrimination and Self-Esteem: The Role of Group Identification and Appraisals

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Eccleston, Collette P.; Major, Brenda N.

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Abstract This study tested the hypothesis that appraisals of discrimination (i.e. its perceived severity, global aspects, stability, and uncontrollability) mediate the relationship between attributions to discrimination and personal self-esteem. It also tested three models of how ethnic group identification is related to discrimination attributions, discrimination appraisals, and personal self-esteem. In a cross-sectional study of 160 Latino-American students, group identification was positively related to attributing ambiguous negative events to discrimination. Discrimination attributions were related to appraising discrimination as more global and severe. These latter appraisals, in turn, were related to lower self-esteem. No direct relationships were observed between self-esteem and either group identification or discrimination attributions. Results illustrate the importance of appraisals in understanding the relationship between perceived discrimination and self-esteem.
Free Keywords appraisals of discrimination; attributions to discrimination; self-esteem;
Document language English
Publication Year 2006
Page/Pages p. 147-162
Journal Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 9 (2006) 2
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1368430206062074
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)