A new study by researchers at the University of Michigan found that Black youths between 13 and 17 years of age from affluent families were more likely to suffer from depression that Black youth from lower socioeconomic groups. Furthermore, the reason that Black youth from affluent families were more likely to suffer from depression, according to the study, was that they were more likely to experience racial discrimination than Black youth from families with lower incomes.
Shervin Assari, a research assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Michigan School of Medicine and the lead author of the papers notes that the higher rates of depression among Black youth could be a response to many societal situations. One situation could be wealthy Black families living in predominantly white neighborhoods, which could lead to higher rates of discrimination and depression. He also suggests that the distance these Black families have from other Black communities could result in a lack of an emotional support group and mental health resources.
The study, “Subjective Socioeconomic Status Moderates the Association between Discrimination and Depression in African American Youth,” was published in the journal Brain Sciences. It may be accessed here.