Monday, February 21, 2011

More on racial identification and well-being

As a follow-up to the last post, I wanted to check the race-feeling of other groups. For whites and blacks, I found that measures of psychological well-being were basically unrelated to identifying with your race. Both groups, however, vary little on racial identification: most identify with their race. American Indians, by contrast, identify with their race less. Here is their distribution:

How closely do you identify with your race?--Percent

Very close 37.7
Somewhat close 35.1
Not very close 10.4
Not at all close 16.9

Still skewed, but believe or not, American Indians are less ethnocentric than whites. Here are the correlations between identity and psychological measures:

Correlations (sample size = 77)

Sad .15
Hopeless .06
Worthless .16
In good spirit -.17
Peaceful -.18
Feel belonging -.08
Feel pride .09
Feel confident .04

The correlations are stronger, but they suggest that greater racial solidarity is associated with less well-being.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This makes sense with what I've seen in the HBDosphere.