How higher levels of education buffer negative health effects of racial discrimination


October 8, 2018

A study from UC Berkeley found that less-educated African American women from the Bay Area who report experiencing high levels of racial discrimination may face greater risk of developing chronic diseases.

“There are better health outcomes associated with those who attribute their racial discrimination experiences to systemic racism and do something about it as opposed to just accepting it and engaging in self-blame,” said Marilyn D. Thomas, a doctoral candidate in epidemiology at Berkeley who was part of the research study. “Since we found that less-educated women were less likely to report racial discrimination, we suspect that those who have higher education may be more prepared to acknowledge and report racism versus internalizing it and blaming themselves.”

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