Racial Discrimination In Urban Brazil

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The focus of this article was skin color, perception of racism, and depression among adolescents in urban Brazil. The prevalence of major depression was 10.4 percent higher among those who reported racial discrimination. This was an empirical article that determines the relation between race, ethnicity, and health. In this article there was one discussion that racism is a risk factor for depression because of the stress from unfavorable life conditions or social exclusion prevailing among most ethnic minorities while the other assumes that racism is a psychological pathogen by itself (Nazroo, 2003). Racial discrimination is strongly related to poverty and socioeconomic status needs to be taken into account when this hypothesis is examined. The results from recent research reveals that effects of racial discrimination on health may be mediated by low self esteem. With the purpose of contributing to a better understanding of this issue, in a setting where the majority of the population is black in this particular article the hypothesis that having black skin color and perceived experience of racial discrimination are positively associated with major depression. The depressive symptoms among adolescents will be tested, …show more content…

Several studies described a consistent increased frequency of depression or depressive symptoms among adults who perceived racial discrimination. There were no significant differences found for major depression or depressive symptoms according to skin color. The adolescents who reported racial discrimination were more likely to have major depression despite age, sex, or socioeconomic status. Discrimination is an everyday occurrence. It is plausible that discrimination may affect health depending on the frequency and intensity. A high level of tolerance concerning racial differences is the norm in

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