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Racial mistrust and deviant behaviors among ethnically diverse black adolescent boys.

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Frank A. Biafora

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While it has been suggested that mistrust of the dominant White society may be an important protective factor for some members of racial minorities, the question of whether mistrust may also be related to nonnormative behaviors among minority members has not been explored. Using survey data from Miami, Florida, this study empirically tests this hypothesis among a sample of African American, Haitian, and other Caribbean island Black adolescent boys. Bivariate analyses suggest a strong relationship between racial mistrust and conventional forms of delinquency for all three ethnic groups. These findings also held in multivariate analyses in which six traditional predictors of deviance were statistically controlled. The authors conclude that racial mistrust adds a new dimension to empirical prediction models. In addition, they conclude that issues associated with racial mistrust should be considered when developing and implementing prevention strategies.


Abstract only. Full-text article is available only through licensed access provided by the publisher. Published in Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 23(11), 891-910. DOI: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1993.tb01012.x Members of the USF System may access the full-text of the article through the authenticated link provided.




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