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Everyday discrimination and physical health: Exploring mental health processes.

TitleEveryday discrimination and physical health: Exploring mental health processes.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsEarnshaw, Valerie A., Lisa Rosenthal, Amy Carroll-Scott, Alycia Santilli, Kathryn Gilstad-Hayden, and Jeannette R. Ickovics
JournalJournal of health psychology
Date Published2015 Mar 2
AbstractGoals 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.
Alternate JournalJ Health Psychol

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