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Identity Development

Loyd, A. B., & Williams, B. V. (2017). The potential for youth programs to promote African American youth’s development of ethnic and racial identity. Child Development Perspectives. doi: 10.1111/cdep.12204

Xing, K., Chico, E., Lambouths, D., Brittian, A. S., & Schwartz, S. J. (2015). Identity development in adolescence: Implications for youth policy and practice. In Bowers, E. P., Geldhof, G. J., Johnson, S., Hilliad, L., Hershberg, R., Lerner, J. V., and Lerner, R. M. (Eds.), Promoting healthy development for America’s youth: Lessons learned from the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development (pp. 187-208). New York: Springer.

Brittian, A. S., & Lerner, R. M. (2013). Early influences and later outcomes associated with developmental trajectories of Eriksonian fidelity. Developmental Psychology, 49(4), 722-735.

Brittian, A. S., Umana-Taylor, A. J., & Derlan, C. (2013). An examination of biracial college youths’ family ethnic socialization, ethnic identity, and adjustment: Do self-identification labels and university context matter? Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 19(2), 177-189.

Brittian, A. S., Umana-Taylor, A. J., Lee, R. M., Zamboanga, B. L., Kim, S. Y., Weisskirch, R. S., Castillo, L. G., Whitbourne, S. K., Hurley, E. A., Huynh, Q., Brown, E. J., & Caraway, S. J. (2013). The moderating role of centrality on associations between ethnic identity affirmation and ethnic minority college students’ mental health. Journal of American College Health, 61(3), 133-140.

Brittian, A. S. (2012). Understanding African American adolescents’ identity development: A relational developmental system perspective. Journal of Black Psychology, 38, 172-200.

Brittian, A. S., & Spencer, M. B. (2011). Assessing the relationship between ethnic and religious identity among and between diverse American youth. In Warren, A. E. A., Lerner, R. M., & Phelps, E. (Eds.), Thriving and Spirituality among Youth: Research Perspectives and Future Possibilities (pp. 205-230). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Roeser, R., Isaac, S. I., Abo-Zena, M., Brittian, A. S., & Peck. S. C. (2008). Self and identity processes in spiritual development. In R. M. Lerner, R. Roeser, & Phelps, E. (Eds.) Positive Youth Development and Spirituality: From Theory to Research. West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Foundation Press.

Discrimination and Adolescent Development

Brittian, A. S., Kim, S. Y., Armenta, B. E., Lee, R. M., Umaña-Taylor, A. J., Schwartz, S. J., Villalta, I. K., Zamboanga, B. L., Weisskirch, R. S., Juang, L. P., Castillo, L. G., & Hudson, M. L. (2015). Do dimensions of ethnic identity mediate the association between perceived ethnic group discrimination and depressive symptoms? Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 21, 41-53.

Brittian, A. S., & Gray, D. L. (2014). African American students’ perceptions of differential treatment in learning environments: Examining the moderating role of peer support, connection to heritage, and discrimination efficacy. Journal of Education, 194, 1-9.

Brittian, A. S., O’Donnell, M., Knight, G. P., Carlo, G., Umana-Taylor, A. J., & Roosa, M. W. (2013). Associations between adolescents’ perceived discrimination and prosocial tendencies: The mediating role of Mexican American values. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 42(3), 328-341.

Brittian, A. S., Toomey, R. B., Gonzales, N. A., &Dumka, L. E. (2013). Perceived discrimination, coping strategies, and Mexican origin adolescents’ internalizing and externalizing behaviors: Examining the moderating role of gender and cultural orientation. Applied Developmental Science, 17, 4-19.

Positive Youth Development (general)

Brittian, A. S., & Humphries, M. L. (2015). Prosocial behavior during adolescence. In James D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (2nd edition, Vol. 19, pp. 221–227). Oxford: Elsevier.

Brittian, A. S., Lewin, N., & Norris, S. A. (2013). South African adolescents’ perceptions of religion in time of social change. Journal of Adolescent Research, 28, 642-663.

Brittian, A. S., Sy, S. R., & Stokes, J. E. (2009). Mentorship programs: Implications for African American college students. Western Journal of Black Studies, 33, 87-97.