Find a Social Network that Can Validate Your Experience and Provide Emotional and Tangible Support


Tapping into supportive social networks can serve as a buffer against gendered racial microaggressions (Sue et al., 2010; Lewis et al., 2013). Microaggressions researcher and counseling psychologist, Derald Wing Sue explained that people who provide social support and reassurance can mitigate feelings of isolation, support a person’s world view, and offer possible responses to the insulting event. Another study reported that the more participants used social support coping, the less helppessness behavior they reported.


Question: Who can you go to for support and reassurance?



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Lewis, J. A., Mendenhall, R., Harwood, S. A., & Huntt, M. B. (2013). Coping with gendered racial microaggressions among Black women college students.Journal of African American Studies, 17(1), 51-73.


Sue, D. W., Rivera, D. P., Capodilupo, C. M., Lin, A. I., & Torino, G. C. (2010). Racial dialogues and White trainee fears: Implications for education and training. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 16(2), 206.