An Examination of the Impact of Minority Status Stress and Impostor Feelings on the Mental Health of Diverse Ethnic Minority College Students

Author: Cokley, Kevin; McClain, Shannon; Enciso, Alicia; Martinez, Mercedes

Description: This study examined differences in minority status stress, impostor feelings, and mental health in a sample of 240 ethnic minority college students. African Americans reported higher minority status stress than Asian Americans and Latino/a Americans, whereas Asian Americans reported higher impostor feelings. Minority status stress and impostor feelings were examined as predictors of mental health. Impostor feelings were stronger predictors of mental health than minority status stress. Counseling implications for ethnic minority students are discussed.

Subject headings: Minority status stress; Impostor phenomenon; Mental health; College students

Publication year: 2013

Journal or book title: Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development

Volume: 41

Issue: 2

Pages: 82-95

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Serial number: 3222

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