How Discrimination Can Affect Health
Course By: Paula Lin, LMFT
Content By: Williams, D. R., Lawrence, J. A., Davis, B. A., Vu, C. (2019). Understanding how discrimination can affect health. Health Services Research, 54 (2), 1374–1388.
This course is for: Clinical Psychologists, Counselors, and Marriage and Family Therapists
Course Description: International and domestic studies have indicated that an adverse relationship is existent between discrimination and health. Adults who’ve experienced discrimination resultantly endure negative mental and physical health effects that may include preclinical disease indicators. Discrimination can ultimately impact care utilization, health behavior, and overall adherence to medication regimens. Additionally, discrimination can adversely impact the health of children and adolescents; some effects may be mitigated by psychosocial resource employment. Conclusively, racial discrimination has been identified as a risk factor for disease and is a major contributing factor for racial disparities in health. Researchers note that future studies should endeavor to close related research gaps and should further aim to explore optimal interventions that can function to ameliorate the negative health effects that are resultant from discrimination.
- Consider racial and ethnic differences that can lead to inequities in society and overall health
- Review the interrelationship, and three major pathways, between racism and inequities and the ways that these factors are mutually reinforcing
- Understand the statistical findings and related clinical implications for the study
- Review the study limitations and suggested areas for further review
- Read and understand Understanding how discrimination can affect health
- Review the Course Description and Learning Objectives
- Understand the relationship between racial discrimination, health status, and health service utilization
- Work through the post-test questions; answer selections should be derived from the accompanying article
- Return to the referenced article for any missed questions and/or to understand the impact of discrimination on health