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ERIC Number: EJ846995
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 273
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0033-2909
Perceived Discrimination and Health: A Meta-Analytic Review
Pascoe, Elizabeth A.; Richman, Laura Smart
Psychological Bulletin, v135 n4 p531-554 2009
Perceived discrimination has been studied with regard to its impact on several types of health effects. This meta-analysis provides a comprehensive account of the relationships between multiple forms of perceived discrimination and both mental and physical health outcomes. In addition, this meta-analysis examines potential mechanisms by which perceiving discrimination may affect health, including through psychological and physiological stress responses and health behaviors. Analysis of 134 samples suggests that when weighting each study's contribution by sample size, perceived discrimination has a significant negative effect on both mental and physical health. Perceived discrimination also produces significantly heightened stress responses and is related to participation in unhealthy and nonparticipation in healthy behaviors. These findings suggest potential pathways linking perceived discrimination to negative health outcomes. (Contains 1 figure, 2 tables, and 5 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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