Interactive Effects of Discrimination and Racial Identity on Alcohol-Related Thoughts and Use

Laura Smart Richman*, Marcella H. Boynton, Philip Costanzo, Kasia Banas

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Abstract

The interrelationships among racial discrimination, non race-based rejection, racial identity (RI), and alcohol cognitions and use were assessed in this research. In Study 1, individuals who experienced overt discrimination and who were high in RI were less likely than those low in RI to meet criteria for alcohol abuse disorder. In Study 2, discrimination and rejection were causally related to a faster reaction time in a lexical decision task to alcohol-related concepts as compared to neutral words, especially for those low in RI. Implications of discrimination and rejection on substance use and other risky health behaviors are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)396-407
Number of pages12
JournalBasic and applied social psychology
Volume35
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2013

Keywords

  • NATIONAL COMORBIDITY SURVEY
  • DIAGNOSTIC INTERVIEW CIDI
  • AMERICAN YOUNG-ADULTS
  • AFRICAN-AMERICAN
  • ATTENTIONAL BIAS
  • MENTAL-HEALTH
  • SUBSTANCE USE
  • PERCEIVED DISCRIMINATION
  • ASIAN-AMERICAN
  • LATINO

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