Examining General Strain Theory: Racial Strain and Coping Methods of Latinx Americans

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2019-05

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Existing literature primarily focuses on the experiences of Black and African Americans and strain. As a result, few studies have examined how other minorities, such as Latinx populations, experience strain in regards to criminality. Agnew’s General Strain Theory may provide a theoretical explanation in how Latinx populations choose to cope with racial strain. This mixed-methods study seeks to expand our understanding of responses to racial strain by highlighting the experiences of Latinx Americans. By examining survey data from a Latino Second Generation Study and focus groups of Latinx college students, this study investigates if experiences with racial strain increase the likelihood that individuals will approve of legal or illegal protest. Results find that the experience of discrimination is a significant correlate in regards to accepted forms of protest. There is a discussion on the implications of what these findings mean in regards to GST and coping mechanisms.

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Ethnic conflict, Race, Hispanic Americans, Crime—Sociological aspects, Stress (Psychology)

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©2019 Karl Mari C. Santos

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