Myles Durkee, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Cultural Invalidations & Racial Code Switching: What are the Psychological Implications?

This presentation examines how cultural invalidations and racial code-switching are associated with ethnic-racial identity development, mental health, and occupational outcomes among people of color. Cultural invalidations are identity threats that challenge the authenticity of a person’s membership within their racial group, and racial code-switching is the process of modifying one's behavior to appeal to the norms of specific racial groups. Implications regarding the psychological costs and benefits of cultural invalidations and racial code-switching will be discussed.

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