chapter  5
Ethnic Identity in Adolescents and Adults Review of Research
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The growing proportion of minority group members in the United States and other Western countries has resulted in an increasing concern with issues of pluralism, discrim­ ination, and racism in the media. However, psychological research on the impact of these issues on the individual is uneven. Most of the research dealing with psychological aspects of contact between racial or ethnic groups has focused on attitudes toward racial or ethnic groups other than one’s own and particularly on stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimina­ tion. The emphasis has been on attitudes of members of the majority or dominant group toward minority group members; this is a research area of great importance in face of the daily evidence of ethnic tensions and racial violence.