A new study published in the American Psychological Association’s Journal of Counseling Psychology presents evidence that perceived racism among African-American adults may produce symptoms akin to trauma that may have a significant role in racial health disparities.
The research examined 66 studies with 18,140 participating African-American adults. Lead author Alex Pieterse, an assistant professor of counseling psychology at the University of Albany stated, “The relationship between perceived racism and self-reported depression and anxiety is quite robust, providing a reminder that experiences of racism may play an important role in the health disparities phenomenon. For example, African-Americans have higher rates of hypertension, a serious condition that has been associated with stress and depression.”
The study may be downloaded here.