Experiences of microaggressions among american indian and alaska native students in two postsecondary contexts

Victoria O'Keefe, Brenna Greenfield

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Abstract

American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) are subject to widespread cultural misrepresentations ranging from intrusive questions about ethnic identity to Native-themed sports team mascots. Racial microaggressions are linked to negative physical health, mental health, and academic consequences for AI/ANs. This study examines microaggressions experienced by AI/AN post-secondary students in New Mexico and Oklahoma. Microaggression prevalence ratings and associated distress were compared across region, gender, income, age, and cultural involvement. Results showed microaggressions were highly prevalent among AI/AN students in New Mexico and Oklahoma and varied by demographic and cultural factors. Increased AI/AN microaggressions research is needed to bring awareness, education, and solutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)58-78
Number of pages21
JournalAmerican Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research
Volume26
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Anthropology
  • History
  • Psychology(all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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