Coping with racism
An April 13 article in New American Media reported on a study by Professor of Counseling Alvin Alvarez. Alvarez's study found that how people choose to cope with personal experiences of racism influences the distress caused by the encounter. "Some coping methods are healthier than others for dealing with everyday racism," Alvarez said. "We found that when people deny or trivialize racist encounters, they can actually make themselves feel worse, amplifying the distress caused by the incident."
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