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Psychophysiological Stress Responses to Bicultural and Biracial Identity Denial

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Albuja, AF; Gaither, SE; Sanchez, DT; Straka, B; Cipollina, R
Published in: Journal of Social Issues
December 1, 2019

Bicultural and biracial individuals (those who identify either with two cultures or two races) are often denied membership in the groups with which they identify, an experience referred to as identity denial. The present studies used an experimental design to test the effects of identity denial on physiological and self-reported stress, and naturalistic behavioral responses in a controlled laboratory setting for both bicultural (Study 1; N = 126) and biracial (Study 2; N = 119) individuals. The results suggest that compared to an identity-irrelevant denial, bicultural participants who were denied their American identity and Minority/White biracial individuals who were denied their White identity reported greater stress and were more likely to verbally reassert their identity. Bicultural participants also demonstrated slower cortisol recovery compared to those in the identity-irrelevant denial condition. The results are the first to highlight the negative physical health consequences of identity denial using an experimental design for both bicultural and biracial populations, underscoring the necessity to promote belongingness and acceptance.

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Journal of Social Issues

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EISSN

1540-4560

ISSN

0022-4537

Publication Date

December 1, 2019

Volume

75

Issue

4

Start / End Page

1165 / 1191

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., Gaither, S. E., Sanchez, D. T., Straka, B., & Cipollina, R. (2019). Psychophysiological Stress Responses to Bicultural and Biracial Identity Denial. Journal of Social Issues, 75(4), 1165–1191. https://doi.org/10.1111/josi.12347
Albuja, A. F., S. E. Gaither, D. T. Sanchez, B. Straka, and R. Cipollina. “Psychophysiological Stress Responses to Bicultural and Biracial Identity Denial.” Journal of Social Issues 75, no. 4 (December 1, 2019): 1165–91. https://doi.org/10.1111/josi.12347.
Albuja AF, Gaither SE, Sanchez DT, Straka B, Cipollina R. Psychophysiological Stress Responses to Bicultural and Biracial Identity Denial. Journal of Social Issues. 2019 Dec 1;75(4):1165–91.
Albuja, A. F., et al. “Psychophysiological Stress Responses to Bicultural and Biracial Identity Denial.” Journal of Social Issues, vol. 75, no. 4, Dec. 2019, pp. 1165–91. Scopus, doi:10.1111/josi.12347.
Albuja AF, Gaither SE, Sanchez DT, Straka B, Cipollina R. Psychophysiological Stress Responses to Bicultural and Biracial Identity Denial. Journal of Social Issues. 2019 Dec 1;75(4):1165–1191.
Journal cover image

Published In

Journal of Social Issues

DOI

EISSN

1540-4560

ISSN

0022-4537

Publication Date

December 1, 2019

Volume

75

Issue

4

Start / End Page

1165 / 1191

Related Subject Headings

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