Study links ethnic pride, teens' outlook WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Ethnic pride can help teenagers maintain happiness when faced with stress, a Wake Forest University study showed. Teens with positive feelings about their ethnic group said they were happier than those who have a more negative attitude about their ethnicity, Wake Forest University said. The study involved 415 ninth-grade students from Chinese and Mexican backgrounds. Participants completed a questionnaire regarding their feelings about ethnic identity, completed a daily checklist for two weeks, then rate their daily emotional states, the Winston-Salem, N.C., university said. "Adolescents with a high ethnic regard maintained a generally positive and happy attitude in the face of daily stressors and despite their anxious feelings," said Lisa Kiang, lead author of the study.