When evaluating the reasons for health disparities, most studies find a link between income and education to explain the health gap in the black community. But a new study from researchers at the University of Michigan has found that blacks with higher levels of affluence are more likely to suffer from depression. Even more revealing, the study linked the causes of higher levels of depression to … you guessed it, discrimination.
Published in the most recent edition of Brain Sciences, “Subjective Socioeconomic Status Moderates the Association between Discrimination and Depression in African American Youth” studied data from a sample of African-American youths ages 13-17. The collaborative project between Michigan’s Department of Psychiatry; the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health; and the School of Public Health found a link between major depressive disorder, discrimination and higher socioeconomic status.
Lead researcher Shervin Assari suggests that the study’s findings differ from research on whites. While affluent whites seem to have lower levels of stress, the study shows that prosperous African Americans suffer from more stress.
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