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.

Work cited

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...

Comments

I was first drawn to your post because of the title, your topic is a very important topic that should be discussed more often . In my opinion this is something everyone needs to be more aware of because I believe that children learns a lot from their elders, so if a children experiences a racism at his/hers young age that could affect a lot on them. I like how you wrote your post. It made me want to read more on how racism can effect on youth, because I have not experienced racism. I strongly agree with you, this study is very important to do since there is not sufficient research done on the effects racial discrimination and racism can have on children.

Plus we should be aware of anything that has effect on children. Good job, I think you took your time to write about this and it was worth to read your post and I hope soon or later, I will read more about the study.

I was first drawn to your post because of the title, your topic is a very important topic that should be discussed more often . In my opinion this is something everyone needs to be more aware of because I believe that children learns a lot from their elders, so if a children experiences a racism at his/hers young age that could affect a lot on them. I like how you wrote your post. It made me want to read more on how racism can effect on youth, because I have not experienced racism. I strongly agree with you, this study is very important to do since there is not sufficient research done on the effects racial discrimination and racism can have on children.

Plus we should be aware of anything that has effect on children. Good job, I think you took your time to write about this and it was worth to read your post and I hope soon or later, I will read more about the study.

I was drawn to this post because of the title, i think this is a very interesting piece of writing. I feel that elders have a very important impact on our youth and there stance on race. Practices during a childs youth have a huge impact on the rest of their life. I agree with this issue and I'm glad i read this because i have never thought of this before. I personally have not experienced racism first hand but I know people that have and I want racism to come to an end as soon as possible ! Thank you!

Obviously how we raise our children will have a massive impact on our future and as we are moving away towards racism it is still clearly prevalent in society. That’s why I was interested to continue based on your title about the effects of racism on children. I was also disappointed that there were no conclusive results as well since that would be pretty interesting to see the results as all I know is from personal experiences and from the media but for scientific studies to indicate the actual effects would be a nice addition. This is especially due to both of my parents being fairly racist to certain races but luckily since I have gone to moderately diverse schools, those views haven’t rubbed off on me but it would be interesting to see if some of the effects of seen in the study were also seen with me.

I was drawn to this post because of the topic and study involved. I was very interested on seeing how racial discrimination impacts a child. Racial discrimination is an issue in this country that we need to end immediately, it negatively effects peoples lives. I myself have not experienced racism, but do know people that have. It's sad to see how many children face racial discrimination, and what they go through. I agree that more studies should be done to find how discrimination impacts a child's development and health. I really like the topic and article you chose!

I was drawn to this post because racism in youth is something I've witnessed my whole life. I come from the city, an urban area, working class type of environment. Diversity was everywhere, and looking back through my experiences and my friends experiences I've observed that when a child grows up already knowing what discrimination is, being a victim of it, and witnessing it all of the time happen to people in their community; in their minds many things can form. Children can have low self esteem, they can become rebellious because they are already being treated like they're bad kids. Many are influenced by the stereotype and go with it because that's how they feel the world views them as. It's different when a child has good parents that install morals in them as they're growing up, but in many cases one of the parents aren't in the picture or even both aren't. When the parents are absent or are too tired to watch over their kid because of working a lot, usually the youth turns to the streets. That's how it would be in a working class urban setting. First and second class minorities who are victims of racism, I imagine they deal with it differently because financially they aren't struggling, they're in better schools and the influence of the streets is scarce. It all depends on the environment and how the child is being raised on how racism affects their physical and mental health.

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