A fraught passage: The identity challenges of African American emerging adults
In this essay, our aim is to present some ideas about African American emerging adults, with a focus on identity issues. Our thesis is that identity issues are more complicated and difficult for African American emerging adults than for emerging adults in other American ethnic groups because they must overcome the negative assumptions that others have about them as young Black people. We sketch this idea briefly here, as a step toward a broader theory. In this theory, African Americans’ awareness that non-Black society expects them to fail becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)
Arnett, Jeffrey Jensen and Brody, Gene H., "A fraught passage: The identity challenges of African American emerging adults" (2008). Psychology. 736.