Social Indicators Research

, Volume 53, Issue 1, pp 97–116 | Cite as

Race-Related Correlates of Young Adults' Subjective Well-Being

  • Tony N. Brown
  • John M. WallaceJr.
  • David R. Williams


We investigated how often young adults worry about race relationsand whether they perceive that white/black relations have beendeteriorating. We also explored the relationships betweenrace-related worry and pessimism, and subjective well-being. This study addressed the distribution of race-related worry andpessimism, and their relationship to subjective well-being innational probability samples of high school seniors completingself-administered questionnaires in 1996 and 1997 (n = 4,514). Nearly one-third of high school seniors often worry about racerelations, and about 20% perceive that contemporary white/blackrelations have been getting at least a little worse. Worryingoften about race relations and perceiving that race relationshave been getting worse were significantly associated withdiminished levels of life satisfaction and happiness. Theresults confirm that race-related worry and pessimism werecommon, and that they impact youth's affective and cognitivestates.

race relations worry pessimism stress subjective well-being 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tony N. Brown
    • 1
  • John M. WallaceJr.
    • 1
  • David R. Williams
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Social ResearchUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborU.S.A

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