Date of Award




Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Department of Psychology


Clinical Psychology

Content Description

1 online resource (ii, 55 pages)

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Hazel M Prelow

Committee Members

Drew A Anderson


Anxiety, Depression, Ethnic Microaggressions, Racial Microaggressions, Social Support, African American college students, Microaggressions, Racism, Minority students

Subject Categories

Clinical Psychology


The purpose of this study was to examine the relationships among perceived racial microaggressions, social support, and indicators of psychological well-being in a sample of 155 African American college students from a stress and coping perspective. Perceived racial microaggressions were associated with greater symptoms of anxiety and depression. However, life satisfaction did not account for this relationship, as expected. Two forms of social support, general social support and social support matched for racial situations, were tested as buffers of the effects of perceived microaggressions on psychological outcome variables within a regression framework. The buffering model, which predicted that social support would interact with perceived racial microaggressions such that individuals with high levels of social support would be protected from the harmful effects of microaggressions, was not supported for either social support variable.