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Discrimination is Associated with Depression Among Minority Children

A new study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada found that minority children who encounter racism in their daily lives have more symptoms of depression than their peers. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports: “Unfortunately, minority children perceive discrimination often in their lives,” said Lee M. Pachter, DO, co-author of the study and professor of pediatrics at Drexel University College of Medicine and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. “Fifty-five years after Brown v. Board of Education and the civil rights movement, racism is still common in their lives.” Dr. Pachter and his colleagues surveyed 277 minority children ages 9-18 years to determine the contexts in which they perceive racism and the relationship between discrimination, depression and self-esteem. “Not only do most minority children experience discrimination, but they experience it in multiple contexts: in schools, in the community, with adults and with peers.” Dr. Pachter said. “It’s kind of like the elephant in the corner of the room. It’s there, but nobody really talks about it. And it may have significant mental and physical health consequences in these children’s lives.”

Link to resource: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/05/100502080240.htm
Organization: Pediatric Academic Societies
Date: 2010

Category:Sector -> Behavioral health
Category:Topic Area -> Disparities and equity
Category:Topic Area -> Mental health and mental health problems
Category:Topic Area -> Social determinants of health
Category:Population -> Children
Category:Intervention -> Research