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ADRL Culture & Anxiety Research

Adolescent Romantic Relationship Involvement and Psychological Well-Being

The aim of this study is to examine the associations between adolescent romantic relationship involvement, daily hassles, and psychological well-being within the urban African American population. Data will be collected from 10th-12th grade students at participating Washington, DC Charter High Schools. The goal of this study is to focus on the potential advantages of urban African American adolescent romantic relationships, rather than the negative health outcomes that are most often presented. Please contact Dana Chirumbole for more information:


Therapy-seeking Attitudes and Racial Preferences for Therapists: Differences Between African Americans and Caucasian Americans

Stigma has been a widely researched construct in terms of how it may influence therapy seeking among African Americans and Caucasian Americans, but data from numerous studies still have yet to conclude for which populations stigma effects the most. Additionally, attitudes toward racial matching between client and therapist has not received much attention within the last decade. The current study seeks to better understand how African American and Caucasian American participants differ in their attitudes toward therapy-seeking as well as their preferences for a same raced therapist by means of explicit and implicit assessment.For more information on how to participate, please contact Trinity Howell at


African Americans and Trichotillomania

This project investigates the effect of ethnic identity on clinical distress and impairment in African Americans suffering from hair pulling disorder, or Trichotillomania. Prevalence rates of Trichotillomania are equivalent in both African American and Caucasian American samples, but levels of clinical distress and impairment experienced by both groups significantly differs. More specifically, African Americans do not consistently report experiencing impairment or distress due to pulling, unlike their Caucasian American counterparts. The current study attempts to shed light on this controversy by assessing the influence of ethnic identity and other protective factors on the African American experience of Trichotillomania.


Worry and Social Anxiety Across Cultures

The diathesis-stress model of vulnerabilities and anxiety symptoms has specified the relationships among the symptoms of worry, social anxiety, and autonomic arousal on the one hand, and the traits of positive and negative affectivity on the other.  Structural equation modeling (SEM) has reported an association among symptoms of generalized anxiety and social anxiety disorders with negative affectivity – the general vulnerability for anxiety and mood disorders.Moreover, social anxiety was found to have a negative association with positive affectivity as similar with depression, while worry correlated with autonomic arousal.  Yet, empirical support for this structural model across ethnic groups remains sparse.This study seeks to address this gap by investigating how ethnic identity as a dimensional construct could influence (as a moderator) the expression of worry, social anxiety, and autonomic arousal in a comparative sample of Asians/Asian-Americans, Latinos/Latino-Americans, and European Americans.