The Urban Review

, Volume 42, Issue 2, pp 102–122 | Cite as

Assessing the Effects of Experiencing the Acting White Accusation

  • Angela Neal-BarnettEmail author
  • Robert Stadulis
  • Nicolle Singer
  • Marsheena Murray
  • Jessica Demmings


Adolescence is a period when many youth are subjected to close scrutiny by peers. Acting white is one of the most negative accusations one African American adolescent can hurl at another. The accusation has been documented as early as elementary school; however, the research indicates it is most salient and first likely to occur during early adolescence. In this paper, the assessment of adolescents’ experience of the acting white accusation is sought. A series of studies are presented that explore both qualitative and quantitative approaches to assessing the acting white accusation wherein the qualitative data and findings guide the formation of a quantitative assessment of the acting white accusation experience. Based on the results, a mixed methods approach is recommended to facilitate further understanding of the accusation.


Acting white accusation Mixed methods approach Racial identity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Angela Neal-Barnett
    • 1
    Email author
  • Robert Stadulis
    • 2
  • Nicolle Singer
    • 3
  • Marsheena Murray
    • 1
  • Jessica Demmings
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyKent State UniversityKentUSA
  2. 2.School of Exercise, Leisure, and SportKent State UniversityKentUSA
  3. 3.American Psychological AssociationWashingtonUSA

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