Racial/Ethnic Microaggressions and Patterns of Cross-Cultural Coping

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Dear Participant,

This study is designed to investigate how individuals from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds cope with subtle acts of discrimination. We are particularly interested in studying experiences of racial/ethnic microaggressions. Racial/ethnic microaggressions are “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward people of color” (Sue et al., 2007). We hope to examine the effect of microaggressions on psychological health, and how particular coping styles may influence this relationship. Further, we are comparing the attitudes of individuals from different cultural identities towards seeking professional psychological help. This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at Towson University (13-0X24, (410) 704-2236). Please note that you must be 18 years of age or older to participate in this study. If you are under 18, please exit the survey at this time.

Participating in this study will require you to complete a series of surveys. These surveys will take you approximately 45 minutes. All information you provide in these surveys will be kept strictly confidential. Please realize that you are free to leave blank questions that make you uncomfortable or that you do not wish to answer. You may also choose to withdraw from this study at any point during the surveys. Upon completion of these surveys, you will receive further direction on how you can be entered in a drawing to win one of four $25 Visa Gift Cards.

There are minimal risks associated with participation in this study. Some questions may bring up upsetting memories or past experiences. If you should become distressed by answering any of the questions in the survey, you may end your participation in this study. If you experience significant grief after completing these surveys, we recommend that you contact the Towson University Counseling Center (at 410-704-2512) or your local mental health service provider. You can contact 1-800-THERAPIST (1-800-843-7274) for assistance in finding professional help near you.

To reiterate, all information collected in these surveys will be kept strictly confidential. Your name will not be attached to any information you provide; you will be indentified through an identification number. No publications or reports from this project will include identifying information on any participant. By clicking continue, you are acknowledging that you are 18 years of age or older and you are providing your informed consent.

If you have any questions about this study or your participation, you can email Rachel Weinstein at rweins2@students.towson.edu. The faculty member sponsoring this research is Dr. Marianne Dunn. She can be contacted via email at mdunn@towson.edu.

Thank you for taking the time to answer this survey.

Rachel Weinstein
(Principal Investigator)
Towson University

Marianne Dunn, Ph.D.
(Faculty Sponsor)
Towson University