Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Racism and kids' mental health

An interesting article from USAToday.com, Racism hurts kids' mental health, says that a study found that when children are mistreated by an act of racism that they later on may have a mental disorder. Make sure to read the whole article, this is just a snippet below.

There is evidence that racial discrimination increases the odds that adolescents and adults will develop mental health problems, but this is the first study to examine a possible link in children of varied races, says Tumaini Coker, the study co-author and a RAND Corp. researcher and UCLA pediatrician.

It does not prove that discrimination caused the emotional problems, because unlike studies of older people, these children weren't followed over time. It's possible that prejudice harms children's mental health, but it is also possible that troubled kids prompt more discriminatory remarks from peers or that children with emotional problems perceive more bias, says study leader Mark Schuster, a Harvard pediatrician and pediatrics chief at Children's Hospital Boston.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

my son recently was involved in a racial incident in school, as a matter of fact the incident happened yesterday. He was on the playground at school during recess, when one of his white peers called him a black fatty, my son told the little boy he was going to tell on him, the little boy then ran up on my child pushed him then called him a nigger! MY son said that he tried to walk away from the boy but the boy pushed him again, my son then had to defend himself he pushed back knocking the boy down and the fight ensued causing the perp to get a black eye. Grade school? WOW!! Needless to say the other childs mother is upset because her kid has a black eye not because of what he said to another human being, another child non theless, people need to understand that the things they say and do in front of there children have a lasting effect and can very well effect the rest of their lives! Now my son will remember this incident for the rest of his!