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Reactions to racial discrimination: Emotional stress and help-seeking behaviors.

Carter, Robert T. and Forsyth, Jessica (2010) Reactions to racial discrimination: Emotional stress and help-seeking behaviors. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 2 (3). pp. 183-191. ISSN 1942-9681

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This study examines Black, Latino, Asian American, American Indian and Biracial participants' (N = 260) emotional and psychological reactions to encounters with racism, and the help-seeking strategies they used to deal with those reactions. This class of participants is important to study because its members are likely to live and/or work in racially diverse environments. Participants who reported direct experiences with racism had higher levels of anxiety, guilt/shame, hypervigilance, and positive emotions than those who did not. Racial harassment (hostility) was associated with more hypervigilant and anxious reactions than racial discrimination (avoidance). Help-seeking patterns indicated that people of Color were more likely to seek help from friends and family than from mental health professionals. Practice and research implications are addressed.

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Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: discrimination; race; emotional stress help-seeking
Subjects: Health > Health Equity
Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases > Mental Health
Health > Public Health > Health Risk Factors > Stress
Research > studies
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    Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2011 13:01
    Last Modified: 04 Jun 2011 13:01
    Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/2554

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