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Identity Questioning: Antecedents and Consequences of Prejudice Attributions

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Albuja, AF; Sanchez, DT; Gaither, SE
Published in: Journal of Social Issues
June 1, 2019

Many ethnic minorities in the United States hold both an ethnic minority and national American identity. Yet, they often encounter identity questioning when asked questions such as, “Where are you really from?,” which may operate as an ambiguous threat to their national identity. Because varied motivations (curiosity versus exclusion) create ambiguity, targets likely vary in their tendency to view identity questioning as prejudicial. Study 1 examined the extent to which ethnic minorities attribute identity questioning to prejudice, and the associated well-being consequences. Study 2 examined the immigration policy-oriented antecedents of identity questioning prejudice attributions. The results suggest that prejudice attributions are psychologically harmful (Study 1) and are associated with anti-immigration policies (Study 2). Because identity questioning challenges one's ability to maintain a dual identity, it is important to better understand identity questioning. Specifically, these findings provide initial evidence of the role policy contexts may play in shaping identity questioning attributions.

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Journal of Social Issues

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EISSN

1540-4560

ISSN

0022-4537

Publication Date

June 1, 2019

Volume

75

Issue

2

Start / End Page

515 / 537

Related Subject Headings

  • Social Psychology
  • 5205 Social and personality psychology
  • 4410 Sociology
  • 1701 Psychology
  • 1608 Sociology
  • 1602 Criminology
 

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Albuja, A. F., Sanchez, D. T., & Gaither, S. E. (2019). Identity Questioning: Antecedents and Consequences of Prejudice Attributions. Journal of Social Issues, 75(2), 515–537. https://doi.org/10.1111/josi.12322
Albuja, A. F., D. T. Sanchez, and S. E. Gaither. “Identity Questioning: Antecedents and Consequences of Prejudice Attributions.” Journal of Social Issues 75, no. 2 (June 1, 2019): 515–37. https://doi.org/10.1111/josi.12322.
Albuja AF, Sanchez DT, Gaither SE. Identity Questioning: Antecedents and Consequences of Prejudice Attributions. Journal of Social Issues. 2019 Jun 1;75(2):515–37.
Albuja, A. F., et al. “Identity Questioning: Antecedents and Consequences of Prejudice Attributions.” Journal of Social Issues, vol. 75, no. 2, June 2019, pp. 515–37. Scopus, doi:10.1111/josi.12322.
Albuja AF, Sanchez DT, Gaither SE. Identity Questioning: Antecedents and Consequences of Prejudice Attributions. Journal of Social Issues. 2019 Jun 1;75(2):515–537.
Journal cover image

Published In

Journal of Social Issues

DOI

EISSN

1540-4560

ISSN

0022-4537

Publication Date

June 1, 2019

Volume

75

Issue

2

Start / End Page

515 / 537

Related Subject Headings

  • Social Psychology
  • 5205 Social and personality psychology
  • 4410 Sociology
  • 1701 Psychology
  • 1608 Sociology
  • 1602 Criminology