Obama's election changed racial identity of black students.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: African American college students (Social aspects)
College students, Black (Social aspects)
Ethnicity (Forecasts and trends)
Presidents (Elections)
Presidents (Social aspects)
Pub Date: 03/22/2012
Publication: Name: Human Ecology Publisher: Cornell University, Human Ecology Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Science and technology; Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 Cornell University, Human Ecology ISSN: 1530-7069
Issue: Date: Spring, 2012 Source Volume: 40 Source Issue: 1
Topic: Event Code: 290 Public affairs; 010 Forecasts, trends, outlooks Computer Subject: Market trend/market analysis
Persons: Named Person: Obama, Barack
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 294821768
Full Text: Human development professors Anthony Burrow and Anthony Ong found that Barack Obama's historic election in 2008 changed African-American college students' perceptions of being black. For the study, published in Developmental Psychology, the researchers surveyed more than 300 black undergraduate students on the importance of race to a person's self-concept (centrality), whether or not they feel good about being part of their racial group (private regard), and how they perceive their racial group to be viewed by others (public regard). The team found increases in all three aspects of racial identity immediately after the election. "One main message here is that important race-relevant social or political events can shift the way individuals think about their race as well as their perception of how others view their race," Burrow said.

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