Handling Race Experiences


Handling Race Experiences (CPPRG, 1997-2001) is a 30-item measure which assesses youths' experiences with, and responses to, situations that African Americans often face. Situations include possible police harassment, discrimination in school (i.e., teacher's low expectations, being accused of breaking a rule), and job discrimination. It is administered in grade 11 to African American students only. This measure was developed for this project based on the Race Coping Measure (Lesane, C., 2003).

Six racially hostile situations were presented. The responses for each situation were coded as '1' for "yes" and '0' for "no". For each situation, four coping responses were offered. Students were asked to rate how often they would use the coping response in response to a racially hostile situation. The responses were coded on a 5-point scale of '0' (never), '1' (unlikely to feel this), '2' (maybe would feel this), '3' (probably would feel this), and '4' (would definitely feel this).

One subscale, Prevalence of Conversations, consists of the sum across scenarios of the first question in each case regarding prevalence of conversations about racially hostile situations. This scale ranges from '0' to '6', with a high score indicating that a respondent had talked with a parent or family member about several or all of the situations presented in the measure.

Children who reported talking to their parents about one of the racial situations were then asked how often their parents suggested using each of four types of coping mechanisms (Submission, Active Avoidance, Contextualized Reality-Based Agentic, and Self-Assertion). Four additional subscales were then created to measure the frequency with which parents suggested each type of coping style across the scenarios.

This measure should only be used with African American youth. All of the scales were normally distributed for both the normative and the control samples.

Dataset Names

Raw Dataset Name: CyBD
Scored Dataset Name: HREySCc


African-American Stereotypes, Racial Bias, Discrimination, Coping, Harassment.