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Abstract Persistent and vexing health disadvantages accrue to African Americans despite decades of work to erase the effects of race discrimination in this country. With newly emerging methodologies in both measurement of contextual factors and functional neuroscience, an opportunity now exists to cleave together a comprehensive understanding of the ways in which discrimination has harmful effects on health.
In this article, we review emerging work that locates the cause of race-based health disparities in the external effects of the contextual social space on the internal world of brain functioning and physiologic response.
These approaches reflect the growing interdisciplinary nature of psychology in general, and the field of race relations in particular. The purpose of this review is threefold.
Finally, we focus on three emerging perspectives that locate health disparities in the external influences of social space and the internal effects of body and brain functioning.
These latter approaches reflect the growing interdisciplinary nature of research models that attempt to explain the continuing legacy of physical health disparities that harmfully affect African Americans. Our aim is to raise several important questions about the ways in which psychology can engage in a plan of research to address health disparities from race-based discrimination and also take a leadership role in informing the development of social policies that will help American society to accelerate its pace of changing negative race-based attitudes and associated social policies.
Unfortunately, since then, racial disparities in health have worsened in many ways. Infor example, McCord and Freeman shocked the world by reporting that a Black male in Harlem had less of a chance of reaching the age of 65 than did the average male resident of Bangladesh—one of the poorest countries in the world.
Today, African Americans still bear a disproportionate burden in disease morbidity, mortality, disability, and injury MMWRWilliams This continuing health disadvantage is seen particularly in the age-adjusted mortality rates: African Americans remain significantly and consistently more at risk for early death than do similar White Americans Geronimus et al.
Indeed, the overall death rate of African Americans in the United States today is equivalent to that of Whites in America 30 years ago Levine et al. These premature deaths arise from a broad spectrum of disorders. Diabetes, cardiovascular heart disease, hypertension, and obesity disproportionately affect African Americans Davis et al.
For example, in deaths due to heart disease, the rate perpersons for African Americans Even prevalence of hypertension peris far greater among African Americans Furthermore, these health disadvantages occur in the context of increasing disparities in rates of disease.
Poverty alone cannot fully explain these differences; even when socioeconomic status SES is controlled for, there is still an excess of 38, deaths per year or 1. Simple differences in skin color that might be the basis for the occurrence of discrimination also appear to be an inadequate explanation.
The extent to which these health disparities are also shaped by the pernicious effects of race-based discrimination is of growing interest ClarkClark et al.
These experiences are thought to set into motion a process of physiological responses e. In attempting to elucidate the negative health outcome mechanisms of race-based discrimination, the effects of both overt and anticipated or perceived experiences of race-based discrimination have been examined.
The foundation of this work came from the earlier stress research paradigm, where individual differences in vulnerability to stress were seen as key to the development of mental health morbidity Kessler et al.
Factors that were thought to predispose individuals to negative mental health outcomes include unfair treatment and social disadvantage as well as other social stressors, such as inadequate levels of social support, neuroticism, the occurrence of life events, and chronic role strain Adler et al.
Later studies examining the possible consequences of perceived discrimination began to document that simply the anticipation of being treated badly or unfairly had as powerful an impact on individuals as objectively measured experiences Kessler et al. Both of these developments helped move the field toward hypothesizing that chronic experiences with perceived discrimination can have wide-ranging effects on individuals.
Several studies have now documented health effects of discrimination. Moreover, smokers, as compared with nonsmokers, reported finding the experience of discrimination as subjectively more stressful.
In fact, this appraisal of discrimination as stressful was a better predictor of smoking than was the measured status variables of education, gender, income, and age.
The issue gains even greater relevance when one considers that the Black-White differential exists not only in smoking prevalence, but also in smoking-related morbidity, mortality MMWRRivo et al. Similar findings in research on alcohol consumption among African Americans indicate that internalized racism i.
In the s, the perspective in this field shifted somewhat to emphasize the importance of chronicity of discrimination exposure in negative mental health outcomes Kessler et al.
The result has been a great melding of disciplines, tools, and perspectives to identify the important components of the pathways linking race-based discrimination and negative health outcomes. Political scientists interested in racial inequalities of criminal behavior and in a number of other areas are looking at the interaction between environmental exposures and brain chemistry Masters The challenge, at this point, is to cleave together the literatures examining the upstream side of discrimination and health with its focus on behavioral, social, and psychological factors to those studying the downstream biological pathways and molecular events that are proximal causes of the high rates of disease and disability KaplanSchillinger et al.
In the past decade, particularly, the number of models proposed to account for the relation-ship between race-based experiences and poor physical and mental health have exploded ClarkClark et al. Several of the race-discrimination-health pathway models posit connections among environmental stimuli including conditions of violence, poor education, and negative social connectedness or early childhood exposure to these conditions, and resulting changes in brain functioning and bodily psychophysiological responses ClarkClark et al.
Across these many models, three elements consistently emerge: We discuss below three emerging areas where contributions to elucidating the candidate variables in the race-discrimination-health pathway arise in the context of new methodologies.
Traditionally, research on the health of African Americans focused on individual-level risk factors, with ownership for change residing in individual-level strategies. But the newer work argues for casting a broader net that will capture more complex and multilevel factors in the environment.
These are hypothesized to play a significant role in the health status and health outcomes of individuals Acevedo-Garcia et al. Integrating neighborhood level effects into models of individual risk represents an intriguing new methodology for psychologists.Compare the participation rates, employment levels, and income levels of Blacks in the United States with those of Whites in the United States.
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