Minority Identity Development


The term minority has been defined in any number of ways. Wirth (1945, p. 347), p. 347) offered one of the earliest definitions of minority: We may define a minority as a group of people who, because of their physical or cultural characteristics, are singled out from the others in the society in which they live for differential and unequal treatment, and who therefore regard themselves as objects of collective discrimination. The existence of a minority in a society implies the existence of a corresponding dominant group enjoying higher social status and greater privileges.


Minority Group Ethnic Identity Identity Development Social Identity Theory Sexual Prejudice 
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  1. 1.Immigration and Health Initiative, Urban Public Health Program, The Schools of the Health Professions, Hunter College of the City of New York, School of Health SciencesNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Epidemiology and BiostatisticsSchool of Medicine, Case Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA

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