February 20, 2015

Kimberly White

Major and Classification

Psychology

Faculty Mentor

  • Brian Lickel, Ph.D.

Department

  • Psychology

McNair Project

“Colorism: How Skin Tone Affects African American Women”

The focus of this study is on how colorism may affect self-image. Colorism is a bias or preference for light skin. This study used interviews and surveys to explore the how skin tone and colorism affects the self-image of young African-American women, ages 18-24. Knowledge of the role skin tone plays among African American women increases our understanding of colorism and also improves our ability to build positive self-regard among African American women.