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González-Velázquez, Carlos Allende, et al. "Watching Black Panther with racially diverse youth: Relationships between film viewing, ethnicity, ethnic identity, empowerment, and wellbeing." Review of Communication 20. (2020): 250–59. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Language: en: English
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1080/15358593.2020.1778067
BibTeX citation key: 2020
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Keywords: "Black Panther", Adaptation, Empirical research, Ethnicity, Film adaptation, Identity, Reception, Superhero, USA
Creators: Drake, González-Velázquez, Keller, Shackleford, Vinney
Collection: Review of Communication
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Black Panther (2018) offers scholars a unique opportunity to measure the potential positive influence of the film on American youth, particularly youth of color. Past research demonstrated that, for African Americans, greater ethnic identity is associated with greater wellbeing and empowerment, findings we replicated here. We also studied the influence of the film on wellbeing and empowerment, considering the roles of ethnicity and character identification. Results showed a main effect of film on empowerment but not wellbeing in the entire sample, with no main effect or interaction with ethnicity. Further analysis by individual ethnic group revealed increased wellbeing for Asian American and Black/African American youth, and increased empowerment for Black/African American youth after film viewing. Identification with the character T'Challa/Black Panther was high across the sample and interacted positively with film on empowerment for Black/African American participants. This study demonstrates the potential for film to enhance and empower youth, particularly Black/African American youth, and raises intriguing questions about how the experience differs by ethnicity.
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