The prevalence of discrimination across racial groups in contemporary America: Results from a nationally representative sample of adults

Brian B. Boutwell, Joseph L. Nedelec, Bo Winegard, Todd Shackelford, Kevin M. Beaver, Michael Vaughn, J. C. Barnes, John P. Wright

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Abstract

A large body of social science research is devoted to understanding the causes and correlates of discrimination. Comparatively less effort has been aimed at providing a general prevalence estimate of discrimination using a nationally representative sample. The current study is intended to offer such an estimate using a large sample of American respondents (N = 14,793) while also exploring perceptions regarding why respondents felt they were discriminated against. The results provide a broad estimate of self-reported discrimination experiences—an event that was only reported by about one-quarter of all sample members—across racial and ethnic categories.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0183356
JournalPloS one
Volume12
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Aug

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© 2017 Boutwell et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • General

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