Minority Scenarios

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Results Hypothesis 1 consisted of being a minority in an academic setting correlates with levels of anxiety. College students were randomly given a scenario in which they were presented with either being a minority or a majority. Participants then were given and anxiety and stress scale to answer according to the scenario they received. To test whether being in the minority produced more anxiety in a collegiate setting, a Mann-Whitney U test was performed instead of an independent samples t-test because the data was not normally distributed. Significance was not found, U=325, z=-55, p>-05. Although not significant those who viewed the minority scenario (Mdn=34) exhibited more anxiety than those who were presented with the majority scenario …show more content…

Initially, an one-way ANOVA test was assumed to test hypothesis two because of the use of more than two levels, but hypothesis two is only focused on those who were presented with the minority scenario. The minority scenario included only two ethnicities which were Caucasian and African American. It was concluded that a Mann-Whitney U was conducted to determine a relationship between anxiety among ethnic minorities. A significance was not found between anxiety among ethnic minorities in academic environments, U=39.5, z=-.86, p>.05. However, African Americans (Mdn=37.5) expressed more anxiety than those who were Caucasian …show more content…

The most important thing in a study is diversity, especially when studying minorities who suffer among college students. Another limitation would be having an even distribution of ethnicities in each level throughout the study, this reduces confounds and increases validity and reliability. The even distribution and higher diversity would have benefited the study significantly. Instead of directly correlating anxiety to college students who were placed in a minority, a mediator would have been more appropriate. Being a minority can not act alone as the reason for anxiety in minorities in collegiate settings. For example, perceived discriminations can act as a mediator between anxiety and being a minority; minorities who perceive discrimination would most likely suffer from anxiety

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