New Study Finds Link Between Racism and Mental Health Problems

May 14, 2009 by Stephen Piggott · 1 Comment
Filed under: American Identity, Health 

A recently published study in the May edition of the American Journal of Public Health, has found that children who are the victims of racism are more likely to develop mental health problems as adults. The study examined over 5000 5th graders from Birmingham, Alabama, Los Angeles, California, and Houston, Texas. The study found that 5th graders who are racially abused are highly likely to develop symptoms of depression.

The study does not provide a direct link between racism and emotional problems because the study did not follow the 5th graders over time, but the study’s co-authors are adamant that the link is no coincidence. Tumani Coker, a UCLA pediatrician and RAND Corp researcher, stated that this was the first study of its kind to ever be conducted. Her co-author, Mark Schuster, a Harvard pediatrician stated, “It’s possible that prejudice harms children’s mental health, but it is also possible that troubled kids prompt more discriminatory remarks from peers or that children with emotional problems perceive more bias.” Read more