7 Biggest Risks of Raising Black Children in a White Environment

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Black Girls Especially Can Suffer Lowered Self-Esteem 

Early research on the development of self-concept indicates that adolescents who live in a social environment or go to a school in which their religious, racial or socioeconomic group is in the minority are more likely than those who do not experience such dissonance with their immediate contexts to have self-image problems. This claim has been borne out in more recent work suggesting that racial and socioeconomic dissonance can contribute to low self-esteem and poor academic performance. Some studies have found African-American teenagers, for example, to have a higher opinion of themselves when they go to schools in which African-American students are a majority than when they attend predominantly European-American schools, where they may feel out of place and under pressure to play down their cultural heritage.

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