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J Health Psychol. 2016 Sep;21(9):1999-2007. doi: 10.1177/1359105315569619. Epub 2015 Feb 18.

Confronting as autonomy promotion: Speaking up against discrimination and psychological well-being in racial minorities.

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1
Rutgers University, USA disanche@rci.rutgers.edu.
2
Rutgers University, USA.
3
California Polytechnic State University, USA.

Abstract

Few studies have considered confrontation in the context of coping with discriminatory experiences. These studies test for the first time whether confronting racial discrimination is associated with greater psychological well-being and physical health through the promotion of autonomy. In two separate samples of racial minorities who had experienced racial discrimination, confrontation was associated with greater psychological well-being, and this relationship was mediated by autonomy promotion. These findings did not extend to physical health symptoms. These studies provide preliminary evidence that confrontation may aid in the process of regaining autonomy after experiencing discrimination and therefore promote well-being.

KEYWORDS:

autonomy; confrontation; coping style; minority health; racial/ethnic discrimination

PMID:
25694342
DOI:
10.1177/1359105315569619
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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