What's Whiteness Got to do With it?

Eleanor K. Seaton

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Racism is as ubiquitous as the air we breathe and the water we drink. This special section highlights burgeoning research examining White youth’s development in a racist society. This research is urgent given the current political context in the United States. Although promising, developmental science needs to catch up with the groundbreaking research being conducted on Whiteness in other disciplines. Developmental science requires a conceptual reset with the utilization of theories that center racism in youth development acknowledging the privileged status of Whiteness. Developmental science should acknowledge that racism is a universal influence for all youth’s development, including White youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)938-942
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2022


  • White youth
  • Whiteness
  • racism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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