The Impact of Family Functioning on Family Racial Socialization Processes

Michael S. Robbins, José Szapocznik, Carla C. Mayorga, Frank R. Dillon, Myron Burns, Daniel J. Feaster

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This longitudinal study evaluated the relationship between family functioning and family racial socialization processes in a clinical sample of African American youth referred for drug abuse treatment. Participants were 77 African American adolescents and their parents. Results showed that participants assigned to structural ecosystems therapy experienced a greater increase in family racial socialization processes during treatment than participants assigned to the treatment as usual in community settings condition. Participants in structural ecosystems therapy also demonstrated a greater increase in family functioning than participants in community settings condition, and this improvement in family functioning mediated the relationship between treatment condition and family racial socialization processes. Research and clinical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)313-320
Number of pages8
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • African American
  • adolescents
  • drug abuse
  • family therapy
  • racial socialization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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