Study Finds Social Stigmatization Impacts Academic Performance of Young Minority Students

Researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles and New York University have found that many minority children in the United States feel socially stigmatized in grade school and the resulting anxiety effects their academic performance. The researchers studied minority students in second and fourth grade in New York City public schools. The study found that found that minority children had a higher degree of anxiety about their academic abilities and the authors of the study believe that this anxiety is the result of the students being aware of their minority status.

The study was published in the journal Child Development.

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