The Effects of Racism on Youths
by Noemielongpre on November 14, 2016 - 8:54am
Patcher, Bernstein, Szalacha and Coll’s (2010) study investigated at which frequency children see or are in presence of racism. The hypothesis of this study was that racism could have negative impacts on the health and development of a child, but also on his emotional and psychological reactions. They began by defining the concept of racism which is “negative beliefs, attitudes, actions, or behaviors that are based on phenotypic characteristics or ethnic affiliations.” While previous research focused more on the “experiences of racism in adults”, Patcher, Bernstein, Szalacha and Coll wanted to discover more about the children and youth which is the main reason they decided to this study. Their method to collect the data was to interview children and adolescents from 9 to 16 years old to talk about “their experiences with racism.” From these interviews, they were able to create a questionnaire for this study. The authors analyzed the results of two hundred and seventy-seven respondents and found several different results. Indeed, two hundred and forty-five had been victims of racial discrimination in more than one of the twenty-three situations suggested in the survey; there was a slight difference in gender in only one situation; and older children faced racism more often than the younger ones. This study showed that children of color commonly face racism and discrimination which is part of their lives. Also, this study helped prove the hypothesis which was that children of color face racial discrimination which can affect their health as well as their development such as learning. In conclusion, there are not enough studies on the way racism can affect a child whether it is on mental or physical health.
In my opinion this study was very important to do since there is not sufficient research done on the effects racial discrimination and racism can have on children. Moreover, the study was well conducted and the results shown were very detailed. However, this study is very complex and must have taken days or even months to do which does not encourage further research on this specific topic. This article focused on the concept of race which as we saw in class can be defined as discrimination towards a minority group because of their physical appearance. The results shown are devastating since it is not logical that children of these ages face racism in many aspects of their lives and is a commonality for them. To finish, more studies should be created on this subject because it is extremely important to know the impacts it has on kids in today’s society and I believe it is the key to recognize racism.
Pachter, L. M., Bernstein, B. A., Szalacha, L. A., & Coll, C. G. (2010). Perceived racism and discrimination in children and youths: An exploratory study. Health & Social Work, 35(1), 61-9. Retrieved from http://ezproxy.champlaincollege.qc.ca/login?url=http://search.proquest.c...