Cultural Invalidations & Racial Code Switching: What are the Psychological Implications?
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Talk Title: Cultural Invalidations & Racial Code Switching: What are the Psychological Implications?
Talk Description: This presentation examines how cultural invalidations and racial code-switching are associated with ethnic-racial identity development, mental health, and occupational outcomes among people of color. Cultural invalidations are identity threats that challenge the authenticity of a person’s membership within their racial group, and racial code-switching is the process of modifying one's behavior to appeal to the norms of specific racial groups. Implications regarding the psychological costs and benefits of cultural invalidations and racial code-switching will be discussed.
Speaker Bio: Dr. Myles Durkee is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Pomona College and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology: Applied Developmental Science from the University of Virginia. He also completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Chicago and the University of Michigan. Dr. Durkee is a psychologist who examines the dynamics of cultural invalidations, racial discrimination, and racial code-switching to determine how these racial experiences influence important psychosocial outcomes (e.g., mental health & well-being, identity development, academic achievement, & occupational outcomes). This line of research examines how people of color navigate racial contexts, modify their racial behavior to fit in certain contexts, and internalize messages about their cultural authenticity from individuals inside and outside of their racial group.
1) Identify and define two racial stressors that are less frequently examined in the social sciences: cultural Invalidations and racial code-switching
2) Examine the psychological implications of cultural invalidations and racial code-switching in terms of ethnic-racial identity development, mental health, and occupational outcomes
3) Discuss best practices for how people of color and practitioners can address cultural invalidations and racial-codeswitching