Sociodemographic and Environmental Correlates of Racial Socialization by Black Parents

  • Thornton M
  • Chatters L
  • Taylor R
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Abstract

The present study focused on the content and practice of racial socialization by black parents. Sociodemographic correlates of patterns of racial socialization were examined using data from a national probability sample of 2,107 respondents (National Study of Black Americans). Multivariate analysis revealed that gender, age, marital status, region, and racial composition of neighborhood predicted whether or not black parents imparted racial socialization messages to their children. Black parents envision racial socialization as involving several components, including messages regarding their experience as minority group members, themes emphasizing individual character and goals, and information related to black cultural heritage. The findings highlighted the critical importance of sociodemographic and environmental influences on the socialization process. Implications for future research on racial socialization are discussed.

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Authors

  • Michael C. Thornton

  • Linda M. Chatters

  • Robert Joseph Taylor

  • Walter R. Allen

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