Title of Work
Ethnic Identity and Educational Outcomes in African American College Students
The present study examines social support among African American university students attending a PWI (Primarily White Institution) in transition from a PWI to an MSI (Minority Serving Institution). While college students are vulnerable to psychological distress (PD), African American students face increased risk of PD due to their marginalized status. Evidence suggests that ethnic identity can serve as both a protective and risk factor for PD, potentially increasing resolve in the face of adversity, or conversely leading to hypervigilance. The present study examines PSS (Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support) on Academic Performance. Participants (N= 225) include African American university students recruited as part of a larger study of identity and health behaviors. Initial results indicated that PSS negatively relates to PD, while EI was not significantly related. Implications of results for a University experiencing an increase in ethnic diversity are discussed.
Miller, Quadreon; Akibar, Alvin; and Niemann, Yolanda, "Ethnic Identity and Educational Outcomes in African American College Students" (2021). Psychology Faculty Scholarship. 8.