The Association Between In-Group Discrimination, Political Stress,
Cordova, Blaine Alexander
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The extant literature suggests that the current political climate serves as a salient source of stress for individuals from racial/ethnic minority populations through hostile attitudes and discriminatory policies (Williams & Medlock, 2017). Further, some research supports political involvement as an active coping strategy, whereby emerging adults who perceive political injustice may engage in political activity to decrease inequality. Thus, using a moderated mediation model with race/ethnicity as a moderating variable, the current study sought to examine the associations between perceived in-group discrimination, political stress, political involvement, and active coping. The current study sampled 107 college students at a southern university. Although no association was found between political involvement and active coping, results provided support for political stress as a mediator; however this was only for racial/ethnic minority participants between the perceived in-group discrimination-political involvement association that also found conditional effects for race. Implication for the current study are discussed.