Ethnic Pride Helps One Deal With Life

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Oct. 20 (UPI) — Ethnic pride can help teenagers maintain happiness when faced with stress, a Wake Forest University study showed.

Teens with positive feelings about their ethnic group said they were happier than those who have a more negative attitude about their ethnicity, Wake Forest University said.

The study involved 415 ninth-grade students from Chinese and Mexican backgrounds. Participants completed a questionnaire regarding their feelings about ethnic identity, completed a daily checklist for two weeks, then rate their daily emotional states, the Winston-Salem, N.C., university said.

“Adolescents with a high ethnic regard maintained a generally positive and happy attitude in the face of daily stressors and despite their anxious feelings,” said Lisa Kiang, lead author of the study.

Researchers focused on adolescents because that the age when identity issues are more noticeable, the university said. Based on the study’s results, researchers said parents should encourage strong ethnic identity within their families.

United Press International – NewsTrack – Study links ethnic pride, teens’ outlook

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