Report Finds Racial Differences in Negative Health Effects of Stress

michiganIt is well know from previous studies that stress produces negative health consequences. But a new study led by Shervin Assari, a researcher at the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health in the department of psychiatry at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, finds that stress may be more harmful to the health of Whites than it is to the health of Blacks.

The new study followed 1,600 adults over a 10-year period, measuring their levels of anger and how they dealt with that anger. Researchers then examined the death rates of these individuals. The results showed that Whites with a propensity toward anger were 40 percent more likely than Blacks with the same degree of anger to develop cardiovascular problems that led to death.

Dr. Assari states that the results “suggest Whites are more vulnerable to the bad effects of hostility and anger on cardiovascular system. On the contrary, Blacks may have developed a type of resilience to a wide range of psychosocial risk factors including but not limited to hostility and anger.”

The study, “Hostility, Anger, and Cardiovascular Mortality Among Blacks and Whites,” has been published on the website of the journal Research in Cardiovascular Medicine. It may be accessed here.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Two Black Scholars Appointed to Faculty Positions

The new faculty are Esther Jones at Brown University and Dagmawi Woubshet at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision is Established at Bowie State University

"The new program will help to increase the number of counselor educators within the counseling field and the number of competent Black counselor educators," says Dr. Otis Williams, chair of the Bowie State University department of counseling and psychological studies.

Elizabeth City State University Partners With the University of Tennessee Health Science Center to Increase Representation of Black Graduate...

"We are excited by this partnership with UT Health Science Center and the opportunities this brings to our students who wish to pursue advanced degrees," said Kuldeep Rawat, dean of the Elizabeth City State University School of Science, Health and Technology.

Kimberly White-Smith Honored for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education

“Through her leadership and scholarship, Dr. White-Smith inspires a new generation of teachers to serve students and approach their work with equity, compassion, and respect,” said Gail F. Baker, provost and senior vice president at the University of San Diego. 

Featured Jobs