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Generational Status, Racial and Ethnic Identity among Afro-Caribbean College Students

Generational Status, Racial and Ethnic Identity and Psychological Well-Being among Afro-Caribbean College Students

Dissertation research conducted by Crystall Janella Matthews, Ph.D., Fordham University
Dissertation directed by
Celia Fisher, Ph.D.

The aim of this study was to contribute to research on cultural factors related to mental health in Afro-Caribbeans college students.  This research, which included 243 Afro-Caribbean college student participants, investigated Afro-Caribbean heritage (i.e., new immigrant, first-, second- and third-generation Jamaicans and Trinidadians) and its relationship to levels of ethnic identity, racial identity, parental socialization and discrimination distress.  The study examined how these cultural factors impact self-esteem and mental health.

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