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Some teen television shows are actively addressing race and racism.
Teen television shows are highlighting the development of ethnic-racial identity. This is promising considering scholars label the development of ethnic-racial identity to be an essential product of the development of older children and adolescents (Syed & Azmitia, 2008, Umaña-Taylor et al., 2014).
Teen television shows are emphasizing factors in a person of colors' community or interactions with peers that may influence their overall well-being. This is encouraging considering research suggests that hearing stories from individuals of various backgrounds can help individuals better recognize systems of oppression and discrimination (Freire, 1995).
Future research should continue to explore how race and racism are depicted in teen television.
Race relations; Racism; Mass media; Television programs
Film and Media Studies | Race and Ethnicity
Ferraris, Janelle; Denecker, Lindsay; and Vierra, Kristin, "Portrayals of Characters of Color in Teen Media" (2022). Undergraduate Research Symposium Posters. 90.
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