Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Wing Yi Chan
Dr. Erin Tully
Dr. Chris Henrich
Racial discrimination has been linked to depressive symptoms (Pascoe & Richman, 2009), but only a few studies have explored this relationship longitudinally. This study examines the possible moderating role of faculty and peer support on the discrimination-depression relationship amongst 180 ethnic minority college freshmen. Results of the hierarchical regression indicate that racial discrimination, β = .13, p < .05, in the first semester of freshman year significantly predicted depressive symptoms in the second semester of freshman year. No interactions were found between discrimination and peer support (β = .06, p > .05), or between discrimination and two forms of faculty support (faculty interactions, β = .05, p > .05, and faculty concern, β = -.10, p > .05). Thus, unlike predicted, peer and faculty support did not serve as protective factors against discrimination-related stress. Future studies should investigate which types of coping most benefit ethnic minority freshmen.
Murtaza, Zahra, "The Longitudinal Relationship between Racial Discrimination and Depression in Ethnic Minority College Freshmen: The Potential Moderating Role of Peer and Faculty Support." Thesis, Georgia State University, 2016.
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