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Racial/Ethnic Discrimination and Health: Findings From Community Studies

Williams, David R. and Neighbors, Harold W. and Jackson, James S. (2003) Racial/Ethnic Discrimination and Health: Findings From Community Studies. American Journal of Public Health, 93 (2). pp. 1-9. ISSN 0090-0036

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Abstract

The authors review the available empirical evidence from population-based studies of the association between perceptions of racial/ethnic discrimination and health. This research indicates that discrimination is associated with multiple indicators of poorer physical and, especially, mental health status. However, the extant research does not adequately address whether and how exposure to discrimination leads to increased risk of disease. Gaps in the literature include limitations linked to measurement of discrimination, research designs, and inattention to the way in which the association between discrimination and health unfolds over the life course. Research on stress points to important directions for the future assessment of discrimination and the testing of the underlying processes and mechanisms by which discrimination can lead to changes in health. (Am J Public Health. 2003;93:200-208)


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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: health,discrimination, bias, perceptions, ethnic, racial,community, studies, population-based, empirical evidence.
Subjects: Health > Health Equity
Health
Practice
Research > studies
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Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2006
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2011 12:03
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.pitt.edu/id/eprint/530

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