Abstract

The Acting White Accusation is one of the most negative accusations an African-American adolescent can receive from one another. This accusation is typically put on African-Americans whenever they engage in behaviors that are deemed “white”. These behaviors range from speaking proper English, dressing preppy, or even placing value into academia. In hopes to further understand the relationship between The Acting White Accusation and perceived stress levels, our lab administered two separate assessments to approximately 81 female African-American adolescents. Our first assessment was a perceived stress measure which had both quantitative and qualitative components. The second assessment tested for bother intensity due to The Acting White Accusation. We hypothesized that girls who were more bothered by the accusation would have higher perceived stress. We also hypothesized that our inner-city students would report higher levels of perceived stress compared to our diverse school. A bivariate correlation was performed. Results indicated a positive correlation between the two measures (r=0.369 and p=0.035 r2=0.13). We also examined differences in perceived stress amongst sites. A t-test was performed and results indicated higher amounts of reported perceived stress amongst the diverse school compared to the inner city middle school. (t=-2.252 and p=0.027). Considering this site has a vast amount of diversity among race and socioeconomic status, it poses the question as to whether the Acting White Accusation could have an influence on these elevated stress levels. The findings of implications for education around The Acting White Accusation in schools are discussed.

Modified Abstract

The Acting White Accusation is one of the most negative accusations an African American adolescent can receive from one another. This accusation is typically put on African-Americans whenever they engage in behaviors that are deemed “white”. To further understand the relationship between The Acting White Accusation and perceived stress levels, our lab administered two separate assessments to approximately 81 female African-American adolescents. Our first assessment was a perceived stress measure and the second assessment examined bother intensity of The Acting White Accusation. Results indicated that girls with prior perceived stress were more bothered by the accusation. Results also indicated that girls from a diverse setting experience more stress than those from a low-income setting. Implications of our findings are discussed.

Research Category

Psychology

Primary Author's Major

Psychology

Mentor #1 Information

Dr. Angela Neal-Barnett

Mentor #2 Information

Dr. Robert Stadulis

Start Date

21-3-2017 12:00 AM

Research Area

Multicultural Psychology

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Mar 21st, 12:00 AM

It Bothered Me: Stress Bother Intensity and The Acting White Accusation

The Acting White Accusation is one of the most negative accusations an African-American adolescent can receive from one another. This accusation is typically put on African-Americans whenever they engage in behaviors that are deemed “white”. These behaviors range from speaking proper English, dressing preppy, or even placing value into academia. In hopes to further understand the relationship between The Acting White Accusation and perceived stress levels, our lab administered two separate assessments to approximately 81 female African-American adolescents. Our first assessment was a perceived stress measure which had both quantitative and qualitative components. The second assessment tested for bother intensity due to The Acting White Accusation. We hypothesized that girls who were more bothered by the accusation would have higher perceived stress. We also hypothesized that our inner-city students would report higher levels of perceived stress compared to our diverse school. A bivariate correlation was performed. Results indicated a positive correlation between the two measures (r=0.369 and p=0.035 r2=0.13). We also examined differences in perceived stress amongst sites. A t-test was performed and results indicated higher amounts of reported perceived stress amongst the diverse school compared to the inner city middle school. (t=-2.252 and p=0.027). Considering this site has a vast amount of diversity among race and socioeconomic status, it poses the question as to whether the Acting White Accusation could have an influence on these elevated stress levels. The findings of implications for education around The Acting White Accusation in schools are discussed.