Volume 2


We are delighted to present Volume 2 of The Journal of Undergraduate Ethnic Minority Psychology (JUEMP).   This 33-page volume features student-authoured work from the University College of Maastricht, Netherlands, and Alabama State University. The following people volunteered as professional reviewers for this volume:

Dr. Esenc BalamAlabama State University
Dr. Darlene ColsonNorfolk State University
Dr. Earnestine DuncanNorfolk State University
Dr. Kavon FranklinAlabama State University
Mr. Shantay MinesUnited States Department of Veterans Affairs
Dr. Marcia RossiAlabama State University

The goal of JUEMP is to publish up-to-date, high-quality and original research papers that are first-authoured by undergraduate students. Please know that co-authours may be students or non-students (e.g., faculty, community members, etc.). We encourage and invite you to submit, either individually or collaboratively, your manuscripts for consideration. Best wishes and thank you in advance for your interest and contribution to The Journal of Undergraduate Ethnic Minority Psychology.


Dr. D. Lisa Cothran, Editor

Volume 2

Stockmayer-Behr, C. (2016). The White Ceiling: Why well-educated, assimilated Other Germans are still not fully recognized as equal German citizens. Journal of Undergraduate Ethnic Minority Psychology, 2, 1-13. (link to pdf file)

Abstract The present ethnographic research analyses the live stories of young well-educated, assimilated German citizens who belong to the second generation of Turkish immigrants. Their overall successful assimilation of the interviewees is enabled by their high educational status, their upbringing and their language skills. Assuming a status of “model immigrants” they are still confined to the margins of German majority society and cannot completely overcome the status of the “Other”. A persisting racialized understanding of Germanness generates occasional feelings of foreignness. It will be argued that an underlying structure of covert forms of racism that is denied by German majority society impedes the interviewees from acknowledging and talking about their experiences of racism.

Clark, J., Glover, K., McClain, D., Steele, M., Jemison, D., Brantley, A., Brockton, M., Goins, J., Flanigan, A., Mitchell, T., Wilcox, J., & Emanuel, R. (2016). An Analysis of Violent and Sexual Content in Hip Hop Music Videos. Journal of Undergraduate Ethnic Minority Psychology, 2, 14-20. (link to pdf file)

Abstract A content analysis of hip hop music videos was conducted to determine the prevalence of violent and sexual content. Four prominent and popular hip hop songs from the website Vevo’s most viewed videos of all-time were used to represent hip hop videos as a whole. Violent content included showing guns, theft, drugs, fighting, police violence, and gang activity. Sexual content included showing sexual encounters such as kissing and implied sex, the image of body parts such as the cleavage, buttocks, and pelvic region of women, and revealing clothing. The prevalence of violent and sexual content is analyzed and discussed.

Knight-McCord, J., Cleary, D., Grant, N., Herron, A., Jumbo, S., Lacey, T., Livingston, T., Robinson, S., Smith, R., & Emanuel, R. (2016). What social media sites do college students use most? Journal of Undergraduate Ethnic Minority Psychology, 2, 21-26. (link to pdf file)

Abstract College students rely on the Internet generally and social media sites specifically to connect with others. This study seeks to determine what social media sites college students use most. Students (N=363) completed a survey which assessed personal use of social media. Surveys were distributed face-to-face and online. Overall, Instagram was the most used social networking site followed by Snapchat and Facebook. The least used social networking sites were Linkedin and Pinterest. Most (76%) use social networking sites 1-10 hours each day and a slightly larger proportion (80%) indicated they use the sites more on the weekend. Students are most likely to use social networking sites that enable them to post pictures and videos. They are least likely to use social networking sites that enable them to develop a professional network or post media content into organized categories. Social media sites are increasingly tailored to meet the needs of specific target markets. Understanding this evolutionary pattern is the key that unlocks which social media platforms college students will continue to use most.

Tucker, K., Morgan, B.J., Oliver, I., Kirk, O., Moore, K., Irving, D., Sizemore, D., Turner, W., & Emanuel, R. (2016). Perceptions of College Student-Athletes. Journal of Undergraduate Ethnic Minority Psychology, 2, 27-33. (link to pdf file)

Abstract Although intercollegiate athletics provides positive exposure and potential revenue for universities, student-athletes may be perceived by their fellow students as getting special treatment. This study explores perceptions that students may have about student-athletes. Undergraduates students (N=380) at a public Division I university in the Southeast were surveyed. Students overwhelming agreed that student-athletes should be paid. A majority of student-athletes agreed that they are graded fairly and equitably compared with non-athletes. However, non-athletes did not share this view. Females, in particular express ambivalence about whether or not student-athletes are graded fairly. The implication is that females more than males perceive that student-athletes receive leniency in grading. Half of non-athletes disagreed with the statement that student-athletes give their academic work the same attention as their athletics. Roughly same proportion of athletes agreed as disagreed with the statement. Juniors and seniors perceive student-athletes as giving more attention to athletics than academics. This is despite the fact that more than half of the juniors and seniors were athletes.