Posted: July 10th, 2016
Are Mental Health Issues Like Depression Related to Race?
While there is a plethora of research that has examined health disparities in chronic and infectious diseases, less research has examined the relationship between diseases and mental health. Depression in particular, can be a huge risk factor for illness and disease.
Studies suggest that blacks are more depressed than whites, given their increased exposure to race-related and generic stress (George & Lynch, 2003; Brown, 2003, p. 293).
Do you agree or disagree with the statement? Why? Are depressed moods and race related? State at least two studies that refute the statement. Justify your answers with appropriate research and reasoning.
Brown, T.N. (2003). Critical race theory speaks to the sociology of mental
health: Mental health problems produced by racial stratification.
Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 44: 292–301.
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