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Effect of colourism on negative thoughts and self-worth in minorities in Ireland

Nwagwu, Cynthia (2019) Effect of colourism on negative thoughts and self-worth in minorities in Ireland. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Colourism is a form of intra-group discrimination and biasness based on one’s skin tone. Predominant research shows that the experiences of colourism are prevalent within the Afro communities, however not exclusive to them. This phenomenon of colourism is also shown to impact one’s education, job prospects, socioeconomic status, general life chances and have diverse effects for genders. Building on existing research, by examining the psychological and cognitive effects colourism has among the various ethnicities within the Irish population this study hopes to add on and broaden the scope of previous literature. This study participants completed online questionnaires based on their skin tone, self-worth and negative repetitive thoughts. Analysis of the results revealed a negative correlation between skin colour satisfaction and negative repetitive thoughts, but not significant, overall, dark-skinned males showed the lowest self-worth levels and an increase of self-worth levels for both genders who self-identify as dark skinned. Findings suggest a shift in perception that not all dark-skinned individuals have low self-esteem, future research on the buffering effect skin colour satisfaction has on self-worth and the need for public awareness in addressing the issue of colourism.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Cognitive psychology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > Discrimination
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Caoimhe Ní Mhaicín
Date Deposited: 30 May 2019 11:30
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 11:30

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