Social connectedness and intolerance of uncertainty as moderators between racial microaggressions and anxiety among black individuals

Kelly Yu Hsin Liao, Chih Yuan Weng, Lindsey M. West

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Abstract

The current study investigated whether a cultural factor (i.e., social connectedness) and a dispositional characteristic (i.e., intolerance of uncertainty) would serve as risk factors or protective factors in the association between perceived racial microaggressions and anxiety symptoms in a sample of 126 Black American individuals. Results demonstrated that perceived racial microaggression was positively associated with anxiety symptoms in Black Americans. In addition, hierarchical regression analyses identified ethnic social connectedness and intolerance of uncertainty as moderators for anxiety symptoms. Specifically, social connectedness to one's ethnic community served as a buffer and intolerance of uncertainty acted as an exacerbating factor in the relationship between perceived racial microaggressions and anxiety symptoms. Future research directions and clinical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)240-246
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Counseling Psychology
Volume63
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016

Keywords

  • Anxiety symptoms
  • Black Americans
  • Intolerance of uncertainty
  • Perceived racial microaggression
  • Social connectedness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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