Everyday Racial Discrimination, Everyday Non-Racial Discrimination, and Physical Health Among African-Americans

Dawne M. Mouzon, Robert Joseph Taylor, Amanda Toler Woodward, Linda M. Chatters

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Abstract

Past research has identified a link between discrimination and health outcomes among people of color. Perceptions of the cause of discrimination (racial versus other) seem to be important for mental health; however, this relationship has not been fully examined for physical health. Using data from the National Survey of American Life, we find that, among African-Americans, racial discrimination and overall discrimination regardless of attribution are associated with negative health outcomes while non-racial discrimination is not. The results suggest that racial discrimination has a unique adverse effect on physical health for African-Americans that practitioners need to better understand.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)68-80
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work
Volume26
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Education

Keywords

  • African-Americans
  • Blacks
  • chronic health
  • discrimination
  • physical health
  • race

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