Everyday discrimination and physical health: Exploring mental health processes

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This study examined how everyday discrimination contributed to mental health processes which then influenced physical health outcomes.


Goals of this study were to examine the mental health processes whereby everyday discrimination is associated with physical health outcomes. Data are drawn from a community health survey conducted with 1299 US adults in a low-resource urban area. Frequency of everyday discrimination was associated with overall self-rated health, use of the emergency department, and one or more chronic diseases via stress and depressive symptoms operating in serial mediation. Associations were consistent across members of different racial/ethnic groups and were observed even after controlling for indicators of stressors associated with structural discrimination, including perceived neighborhood unsafety, food insecurity, and financial stress.

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Racial Justice and Racism; Mental Health and Wellness; Disease

New Haven Neighborhood

New Haven (All)