Black, Latino, White or Asian. These are terms that many use to describe themselves.
However, for young adolescents starting high school, finding an ethnic identity might not be as simple as black or white. But when teens start exploring ethnic-racial heritage it can help them form an identity.
Researchers at Arizona State University studied over 200 ninth graders from various ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. The students were placed in two groups.
The first group took part in the identity project, where they were provided information to explore their own ethnic-racial heritage. The other group received curriculum exposing them to options after high school.
The study found the students who took part in the identity project increased their exploration of ethnic-racial identity compared to the other group of students.
The increase in exploration predicted a higher likelihood that the students would resolve issues related to their ethnic identity and adjust to life better as they age.
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