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Level Up: Recommendations for Measuring Racial Discrimination

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Racial discrimination measurement largely has ignored differences within and across BIPOC groups, resulting in the underestimation of racism in youths’ contexts. In this chapter, we highlight guidelines for the advancement of racial discrimination measurement. First, methodological triangulation—the use of multiple methods—is needed to identify the nuanced nature of racial discrimination in youths’ contexts. Specifically, we stress the utility of daily diary methods, qualitative methods, experimental methods, and mixed methods for nuanced investigation of the prevalence and consequences of racial discrimination. Second, research must focus on measurement of White youths’ perpetration and cost of racism. We also stress methodological triangulation for investigations of Whiteness among youth. Finally, we posit recommendations for the novel implementation of these methods in future investigations. To truly level up, scholars advancing racial discrimination research must dedicate renewed focus to methods that efficiently and accurately measure racial discrimination and Whiteness in youths’ contexts.

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Correspondence to Kamryn S. Morris .

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Morris, K.S., Janssen, J.A., Seaton, E.K. (2023). Level Up: Recommendations for Measuring Racial Discrimination. In: Witherspoon, D.P., Stein, G.L. (eds) Diversity and Developmental Science. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-23163-6_2

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