Identity development is particularly important during adolescence, when youth are distancing themselves from parents through increasing expressions of autonomy (). In exploring who they are as individuals, adolescents depend on cues from the social environment (). As noted, adolescents are “sometimes morbidly preoccupied with what they appear to be in the eyes of others” (p. 128). For racial and ethnic minority youth, the expectations of others may be shaped by stereotypes about racial differences in abilities. Thus, for these youth, identity development entails forging an understanding of how race—including the centrality of race for the individual, as well as the meaning ascribed to race by others in the society—is intertwined with personal identity. In this article, we explore African American adolescents’ endorsement of racial stereotypes about academic abilities and the relation between these stereotypes and the self-perceptions of adolescents for whom race is more or less central in their views of themselves.
Racism and stereotyping are quite different from each other
Television, books, comic strips, and movies are all abundant sources of stereotyped characters. For much of its history, the movie industry portrayed African-Americans as being unintelligent, lazy, or violence-prone. As a result of viewing these stereotyped pictures of African-Americans, for example, prejudice against African-Americans has been encouraged. In the same way, physically attractive women have been and continue to be portrayed as unintelligent or unintellectual and sexually promiscuous.
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The purpose of Study 2 was to replicate the results of Study 1 with a similar sample. In Study 2, data were drawn from an ongoing longitudinal study aimed at understanding the transition to middle school for African American youth and its implication for their achievement motivation. Therefore, Study 2 participants had enrolled in the longitudinal project when they were in Grade 5. Their Grade 7 reports of the study variables were used for the current article. As in Study 1, we examined the relation between adolescents’ stereotypes about race-related differences in academic competence and their perceptions of their own academic competence. Once again, racial centrality was examined as a moderator. Participants in the two studies were similar in age and family income.
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