Racial discrimination-induced anger and alcohol use among black adolescents

Francis Terrell, Aletha R. Miller, Kenneth Foster, C. Edward Watkins

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Abstract

This study explored whether a relationship exists between anger among Black adolescents that has been provoked by racial discrimination, and alcohol consumption. Participants consisted of 134 Black adolescents from 14 to 18 years of age, residing in northeast Texas. All participants were administered a questionnaire measuring whether and the extent to which they might be dependent upon alcohol, a background information questionnaire which included questions about their drinking pattern, and a measure designed to assess the extent to which they feel angry either because they had been discriminated against or observed other Blacks being discriminated against or observed other Blacks being discriminated against in various situations. Only gender was found to be predictive of scores on the dependency scale. However gender, age, and racial discrimination anger scores were found to be predictive of the amount of alcohol consumed by the participants. Some implications for theory, research, and intervention are suggested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)485-492
Number of pages8
JournalAdolescence
Volume41
Issue number163
StatePublished - Sep 1 2006

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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Terrell, F., Miller, A. R., Foster, K., & Edward Watkins, C. (2006). Racial discrimination-induced anger and alcohol use among black adolescents. Adolescence, 41(163), 485-492.