Family influences on racial identity among African American youth

Tiffany Townsend, Erin Lanphier

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The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of parental efficacy, family coping, and adaptive family functioning on the development of racial identity among African American youth. Fifty-two African American parent-child dyads were participants. Results of a hierarchical regression revealed family adaptability and family cognitive reframing to be significant predictors of racial identity. Findings suggest that intervention programs targeting the racial identity of African American youth should include a parenting/family component that facilitates adaptive family functioning and that helps parents model culturally specific coping strategies for their children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)278-298
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Black Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • African American parents
  • African American youth
  • Family processes
  • Parental efficacy
  • Racial identity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Applied Psychology


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