Young Ethnic Minorities Need to Know Their Cultural Identities Matter
Springtide Research Institute was recently featured by YPT. You can see an excerpt of this article in part below, but we encourage you to visit their site to read the piece in its entirety.
Two of the key findings in Navigating Injustice was that “positive ethnic-racial and religious identities are associated with good mental health” and young ethnic minorities “wish their faith leaders and communities would acknowledge and celebrate their ethnic-racial identities (ERI).”
The study goes on to explain that “a healthy ERI—one that is meaningful and positive—is associated with greater self-esteem and fewer depressive and somatic symptoms. Young people who take pride in their ERI are also more likely to report peer acceptance, interpersonal functioning, and belonging within their communities. Finally, a healthy ERI can be protective. Social psychologists find, for example, that ethnic and racial centrality and pride significantly offset the negative impact of racial discrimination on the mental health of young BIPOC.” BIPOC stands for Black, Indigenous, People of Color.