What is it about?
Experiencing discrimination can have an impact on a person's health. One of the ways this can happen is through a person's involvement in healthy and unhealthy behaviors. This meta-analysis pulls together over one hundred research papers to help pinpoint the degree of relationship between discrimination experiences and health-behaviors such as smoking, alcohol use, substance use, risky sexual behavior, and diet/eating habits.
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Why is it important?
This meta-analysis and supplementary synthesis document a pattern of results suggesting that experiences of discrimination are related to increases in unhealthy behavior and decreases in healthy behavior. This is important because these health-related behaviors can produce downstream effects on physical health outcomes, especially when discrimination is experienced chronically. The supplemental material also provides a collection of studies investigating intervening factors that might lead discrimination to produce changes in health-behaviors.
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This page is a summary of: Meta-analysis of interpersonal discrimination and health-related behaviors., Health Psychology, May 2022, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/hea0001147.
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Perceived Discrimination and Health: A meta-analytic review
Original 2009 meta-analysis on discrimination and health (mental, physical, behavior)
Interpersonal Discrimination and Physical Health
2018 meta-analysis updating and expanding the physical health portion of the original meta-analysis with literature published in the intervening time frame.
The effects of perceived discrimination on ambulatory blood pressure and affective responses to interpersonal stress modeled over 24 hours
Research examining impact of discrimination on tracked blood pressure over a 24-hour period
Effect of discrimination on food decisions
Early experimental work looking at whether experiences of discrimination may affect food-related decision making.
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