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Race-based Discrimination, Religious Involvement and Mental Health among Black Americans

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Studies of race and health frequently invoke race-based discrimination as a major explanation for the pervasiveness of health disparities in the Black American population. Indeed, there is mounting evidence that experiences of discrimination have a harmful effect on a range of health outcomes, including mental health, physical health and mortality risk. An emerging body of work suggests that religion may aid individuals in dealing with experiences of discrimination and racist encounters. However, the work linking religion and mental health among Black Americans is surprisingly limited and narrow in focus. Much of the work on religion and health among Black Americans has largely ignored the issue of ethnic heterogeneity within the Black racial category. This work seeks to address the gap in this literature by examining the additive and interactive effects of: (a) multiple aspects of religious involvement; (b) experiences of discrimination on two DSM-IV substance abuse disorders using data from a nationally representative sample of both African-American and Afro-Caribbean adults. After outlining a series of theoretical arguments about the interplay of discrimination, religion, and mental health, we test two alternative conceptual models derived from the life-stress tradition. We then discuss the implications of our findings, note study limitations, and outline directions of future research.

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Henderson, Andrea. "Race-based Discrimination, Religious Involvement and Mental Health among Black Americans" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, NV, Aug 19, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p507972_index.html>

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Henderson, A. , 2011-08-19 "Race-based Discrimination, Religious Involvement and Mental Health among Black Americans" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, NV Online <PDF>. 2014-11-25 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p507972_index.html

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Abstract: Studies of race and health frequently invoke race-based discrimination as a major explanation for the pervasiveness of health disparities in the Black American population. Indeed, there is mounting evidence that experiences of discrimination have a harmful effect on a range of health outcomes, including mental health, physical health and mortality risk. An emerging body of work suggests that religion may aid individuals in dealing with experiences of discrimination and racist encounters. However, the work linking religion and mental health among Black Americans is surprisingly limited and narrow in focus. Much of the work on religion and health among Black Americans has largely ignored the issue of ethnic heterogeneity within the Black racial category. This work seeks to address the gap in this literature by examining the additive and interactive effects of: (a) multiple aspects of religious involvement; (b) experiences of discrimination on two DSM-IV substance abuse disorders using data from a nationally representative sample of both African-American and Afro-Caribbean adults. After outlining a series of theoretical arguments about the interplay of discrimination, religion, and mental health, we test two alternative conceptual models derived from the life-stress tradition. We then discuss the implications of our findings, note study limitations, and outline directions of future research.


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