Responses to racism : a taxonomy of coping styles used by aboriginal Australians

Mellor, David 2004, Responses to racism : a taxonomy of coping styles used by aboriginal Australians, American journal of orthopsychiatry, vol. 74, no. 1, pp. 56-71.

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Title Responses to racism : a taxonomy of coping styles used by aboriginal Australians
Author(s) Mellor, David
Journal name American journal of orthopsychiatry
Volume number 74
Issue number 1
Start page 56
End page 71
Total pages 16
Publisher American Orthopsychiatric Association
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2004-01
ISSN 0002-9432
1939-0025
Keyword(s) racism responses
coping styles
taxonomy
Aboriginal Australians
discrimination
oppression
emotional response
behavioral responses
Summary The author takes up the challenge from social psychologists to explore the coping responses of those who experience racism. Previous attempts to provide taxonomies of responses to racism-discrimination-oppression are reviewed. An analysis of data derived from semistructured interviews conducted with 34 Indigenous Australians that explored experiences of racism and emotional and behavioral responses is reported, and a taxonomy of coping made up of 3 broad categories is presented. The defining feature of these categories is the purpose of the responses contained therein: to defend the self, to control or contain the reaction, or to confront the racism. It is argued that this may be a more useful way to understand responses to racism than taxonomies previously proposed.
Language eng
Field of Research 170113 Social and Community Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, John Wiley and Sons
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002588

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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