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.
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.