McNair/Gateway Scholars Program USC

Chase King

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Major and Classification

Psychology

Faculty Mentor

  • Stanley Huey, Ph.D.

Department

  • Psychology

McNair Project

Perceived Discrimination and Academic Achievement

Research has shown that students from disadvantaged U.S. minority groups tend to do less well academically than dominant-group students. This study examined the relationship between perceived discrimination and academic performance in a sample of African American and Latino high school students. Participating youth underwent a one-time survey assessment in a group setting. Correlational analyses did not support a statistically significant association between perceived discrimination and school performance. These findings illustrate that further research exploring minority academic underachievement is needed to uncover the mechanisms underlying this achievement gap. Gaining insight into the factors that may cause ethnic disparities in school performance may facilitate efforts to eliminate this gap.