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Discrimination and its relation to psychosocial well‐being among diverse youth in Sweden
Department of Psychology University of Gothenburg Gothenburg (SWE).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0617-3813
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology, Pedagogy and Sociology. (BUV)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2901-0187
Department of Psychology University of Gothenburg Gothenburg (SWE).
Department of Psychology University of Minnesota Twin Cities (USA).
2021 (English)In: New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, ISSN 1520-3247, E-ISSN 1534-8687, Vol. 176, p. 163-181Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Experiences of discrimination and links to well-being have been examined extensively, but several gaps remain. The current study addresses four of those gaps by (1) examining both aggregated and source-specific forms of discrimination, (2) comparing the experiences of minority and majority group members, (3) expanding the range of outcomes to include socially and developmentally appropriate measures, and (4) conducting the study in Sweden, a context in which discrimination and well-being are not well understood. The sample consisted of 573 adolescents and emerging adults (71% women, Mage = 19.21 years) who completed survey measures of discrimination and psychosocial well-being (self-esteem, life satisfaction, school adjustment, and identity distress). Findings indicated that minority groups reported more frequent discrimination, and more often cited ethnicity as the source of discrimination, whereas majority groups most often cited gender. Experiencing discrimination was related to poorer psychosocial well-being similarly for all groups. Youth experiencing ethnic discrimination were more often subjected to multiple forms of discrimination compared with those subjected to other forms of discrimination. Taken together, this study brings important information on the complexity of discrimination among youth in the multicultural context of migration in Sweden.

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Wiley-Blackwell, 2021. Vol. 176, p. 163-181
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Developmental and Educational Psychology, General Medicine, Social Psychology
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Applied Psychology
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Child and Youth studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-17807DOI: 10.1002/cad.20399ISI: 000747210700009Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85104964796OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-17807DiVA, id: diva2:1612226
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