Thesis

Coping with discrimination: an investigation of mental and physical health of African Americans and Afro-Caribbeans

Thesis (M.A., Sociology)--California State University, Sacramento, 2015.

This research utilized data from the National Survey of American Life (NSAL) to examine the effect of discrimination on health among various sub-groups in the black population: African American and Afro-Caribbean women and men. The stress process model was used to investigate whether anger inflicted by discrimination, had a negative impact on mental and physical health. In addition, the stress process model was also used to investigate protective influence of various forms of coping in face of such an unfair treatment. Results indicated that anger inflicted by discrimination was indeed harmful for one's health consistently across the gender and ethnic subgroups in the black population except for Afro-Caribbean men. In addition, the most common forms of coping were not necessarily helpful in reducing the negative impacts of discrimination on
 health or promoting health directly. The importance of more systematic and long-term focused research on coping with discrimination to reduce the negative health effects of anger is discussed.

This research utilized data from the National Survey of American Life (NSAL) to examine the effect of discrimination on health among various sub-groups in the black population: African American and Afro-Caribbean women and men. The stress process model was used to investigate whether anger inflicted by discrimination, had a negative impact on mental and physical health. In addition, the stress process model was also used to investigate protective influence of various forms of coping in face of such an unfair treatment. Results indicated that anger inflicted by discrimination was indeed harmful for one's health consistently across the gender and ethnic subgroups in the black population except for Afro-Caribbean men. In addition, the most common forms of coping were not necessarily helpful in reducing the negative impacts of discrimination on health or promoting health directly. The importance of more systematic and long-term focused research on coping with discrimination to reduce the negative health effects of anger is discussed.

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