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Intergroup Dialogue in Schools: Exploring the Implications for Mental Health among Marginalized Youth

 

Theme: Mental Health Among Marginalized Communities
Project Title: Intergroup Dialogue in Schools: Exploring the Implications for Mental Health among Marginalized Youth
GranteeAnnahita Ball, Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo, SUNY
Grant Period: April-September 2020

Abstract
Students who experience identity-based bullying, racial discrimination, and hate in school report more loneliness, self-harm, depressive symptoms, and suicidal ideation. This is compounded when students experience bullying or discrimination targeted toward multiple identities. Intergroup dialogues (IGD) are a potential pathway to improving racial climate in schools. This study will use mixed methods to examine data from marginalized youth who participated in school-based IGD to achieve the following aims: (1) explore students’ perceptions of IGD’s impact on their mental health and well-being, and (2) identify mental health and social-emotional outcomes of IGD participation for use in future research.