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The effects of Perceived ethnic/racial discrimination on moods.

McDonald-Agu, Christie (2016) The effects of Perceived ethnic/racial discrimination on moods. Undergraduate thesis, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Racism has been hypothesised to affect our psychological health negatively. The purpose of this study was to discover the effects of perceived racial discrimination on moods particularly in Ireland. Participants (N= 50), were self-identified Africans (N= 43), Asians (N=5) and Caucasians (N= 2), specifically in Ireland. Participants were recruited from a community, face-to-face and social media, e.g. Facebook. The participants were required to complete Perceived Ethnic Discrimination Questionnaire Community Version (PEDQ-CV) which was used to assess racial discrimination and the Profile of Mood States (POMS) was used to examine various mood states. Preliminary analyses was conducted to assess the demographics (age, gender, ethnicity, marital and occupation status) of the participants. Additional preliminary analyses were used to assess the relationship between the PEDQ-CV questionnaire and the POMS questionnaire, compare mean scores and total scores of each ethnicity. Results showed that anger, depression and tension were positively correlated with the perceived racial discrimination but not significantly. Also self-identified Africans reported higher perceived racial discrimination. The results of this study imply that perceived racial discrimination is associated with negative moods.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > Discrimination
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA790 Mental Health
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Tim Lawless
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2016 18:43
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2016 18:43
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/2219

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