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Social Safety Among Multiracial Individuals in Utah

Year: 2023

Presenter Name: Brendan Hatch

This paper examines social safety among multiracial individuals in Utah. The concept of social safety is an aspect of minority stress that proposes even in the absence of apparent threat, people may still feel the need to be on alert or guard themselves from harms that could happen. Social safety then, is a level of personal safety felt that occurs when an individual is not actively on alert, but is able to exist in the moment. Social safety is built through environments that produce reliable sources of sense of belonging, social connection, inclusion, and protection. Individuals with multiracial identities may suffer a unique lack of social safety due to communities that they identify with not fully accepting them as a part of the community. This lack of social safety can happen at multiple levels depending on the individual and how unpredictable they find their communities to be. A consistent lack of social safety in frequented environments can have significant negative impacts to a person's mental, emotional, and physical health. This thesis is meant to examine the multiracial portion from Dr. Diamond's research paper examining social safety within marginalized communities. This thesis hypothesizes that multiracial individuals will report experiencing lower rates of social safety within family and community settings.
University / Institution: University of Utah
Type: Poster
Format: In Person
Presentation #C41
SESSION C (1:45-3:15PM)
Area of Research: Social Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Lisa Diamond