What is it about?

For Black adolescent girls to develop a healthy sense of self, families must prepare them to cope with the realities of experiencing oppression at the nexus of racism and sexism. In this study, we examined the associations of positive and negative gendered racial socialization with mental health outcomes for Black adolescent girls.

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Why is it important?

The findings of this study work to show that parents’ negative gendered racial socialization messages increase their Black adolescent girl’s depression, anxiety, and stress symptoms. Further, and perhaps more significantly, by either replacing or combining negative gendered racial socialization messages with gendered racial socialization messages of pride and empowerment, Black adolescent girl’s mental health symptoms can be reduced.

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This page is a summary of: Let’s talk: The impact of gendered racial socialization on Black adolescent girls’ mental health., Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, April 2022, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/cdp0000484.
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