Initial investigation of Jewish early adolescents' ethnic identity, stress, and coping

Eric F. Dubow, Kenneth I. Pargament, Paul Boxer, Nalini Tarakeshwar

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Ethnic identity was examined as a source of stress and as a coping resource among Jewish sixth through eighth graders (N = 75). Over 50% of the students reported having experienced various ethnic-related stressors in the past year (e.g., being restricted from activities due to the Sabbath, experiencing anti-Semitic comments). Jewish early adolescents also endorsed ethnic and religious coping strategies from three coping scale factors: Seeking God's Direction/Support (e.g., "I ask God to forgive me for the things I did wrong"); Seeking Cultural/Social Support (e.g., "I look forward to the Sabbath"): and Spiritual Struggle (e.g., "I start to wonder whether God can really do everything"). Components of ethnic identity were related positively both to ethnic-related stressors and coping strategies, indicating that although high levels of ethnic identity might heighten Jewish adolescents ' sensitivity to ethnic-related stressors, ethnic identity might serve also as a resource for coping with those stressors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)418-441
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Early Adolescence
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2000
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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