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Perceived Racism and Affective Responses to Ambiguous Interpersonal Interactions among African American Men

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Bennett, GG; Merritt, MM; Edwards, CL; Sollers, JJ
Published in: American Behavioral Scientist
March 1, 2004

The current study examined affective responses to ambiguous interpersonal interactions containing both ambiguous and overtly racist content. Participants included 74 African American males (ages 18-47), half of whom heard a depiction of a negative social interaction with blatantly racist content (BRC). The remaining participants heard a similar scenario containing no racist content (NRC). Negative affect scores were higher for those in the BRC group, yet individuals in the ambiguous (NRC) condition who reported perceptions of racism in the scenario showed greater negative affect reactivity than those who saw no racism in the scenario. Among those in the NRC group, self-reported past experiences with racial discrimination moderated the effect of perceived racism on negative affect. The authors conclude that the perception of racial discrimination, in particular when evaluating ambiguous situations, may have profound affective consequences for Black men.

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American Behavioral Scientist

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0002-7642

Publication Date

March 1, 2004

Volume

47

Issue

7

Start / End Page

963 / 976

Related Subject Headings

  • General Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
  • 5204 Cognitive and computational psychology
  • 5203 Clinical and health psychology
  • 5202 Biological psychology
  • 1702 Cognitive Sciences
  • 1701 Psychology
 

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Bennett, G. G., Merritt, M. M., Edwards, C. L., & Sollers, J. J. (2004). Perceived Racism and Affective Responses to Ambiguous Interpersonal Interactions among African American Men. American Behavioral Scientist, 47(7), 963–976. https://doi.org/10.1177/0002764203261070
Bennett, G. G., M. M. Merritt, C. L. Edwards, and J. J. Sollers. “Perceived Racism and Affective Responses to Ambiguous Interpersonal Interactions among African American Men.” American Behavioral Scientist 47, no. 7 (March 1, 2004): 963–76. https://doi.org/10.1177/0002764203261070.
Bennett GG, Merritt MM, Edwards CL, Sollers JJ. Perceived Racism and Affective Responses to Ambiguous Interpersonal Interactions among African American Men. American Behavioral Scientist. 2004 Mar 1;47(7):963–76.
Bennett, G. G., et al. “Perceived Racism and Affective Responses to Ambiguous Interpersonal Interactions among African American Men.” American Behavioral Scientist, vol. 47, no. 7, Mar. 2004, pp. 963–76. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0002764203261070.
Bennett GG, Merritt MM, Edwards CL, Sollers JJ. Perceived Racism and Affective Responses to Ambiguous Interpersonal Interactions among African American Men. American Behavioral Scientist. 2004 Mar 1;47(7):963–976.
Journal cover image

Published In

American Behavioral Scientist

DOI

ISSN

0002-7642

Publication Date

March 1, 2004

Volume

47

Issue

7

Start / End Page

963 / 976

Related Subject Headings

  • General Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
  • 5204 Cognitive and computational psychology
  • 5203 Clinical and health psychology
  • 5202 Biological psychology
  • 1702 Cognitive Sciences
  • 1701 Psychology