Black Teens Face Racial Discrimination Daily leading To Increased Depressive Symptoms.

Black Teens Face Racial Discrimination Daily leading To Increased Depressive Symptoms.

Black Teen frequently experiencing online anti-black microaggressions says a new study by Rutgers Researchers.

According to a recent survey which involved 101 black youth between age group 13 to 17 predominately from Washington D.C neighborhood; suggest of black teens experiencing racial discrimination daily often most as from web which may adversely prompt mental health effects.

Through this study, the scientist was able to analyze how frequently black teen has to face racial discrimination on a daily basis vicariously either offline or on the web. conducting a survey scientists collected data from the participants asking about their experience with racial discrimination while they measured for any depressive symptoms in them across the period. 

With an average of 5 racial discrimination per day experiences, a total of 5,600 experiences were recorded.

The experiences noted ranged from apparent discrimination to physical appearance, which occurred mainly online,  leading to short - terms increase in depressive symptoms. Certain examples of discrimination were seeking jokes online about their race, teasing by peers about their hairs and witnessing ill-treatment of their family members or friend due to their ethnicity or race. 

Devin English the lead author and assistant professor at Rutgers School of Public Health said, “This research reflects what researchers and activists have asserted for years: Black adolescents are forced to face antiblack microaggressions daily. Importantly, this study expands the research on the many ways that discrimination happens, whether peers are teasing it, asked to speak for their racial group in class, or seeing a racist post on social media.”

“Racial teasing is important because it is one of the most common ways adolescents communicate about race. Critically, young people and adults, such as teachers, often see this teasing as harmless and choose not to address it. Our results, however, show several types of racial teasing are harmful to black adolescents.”

“Although public discourse can indirectly or directly blame health inequities on black youth, our study provides evidence that racial discrimination in society is a fundamental cause of these health inequities. Knowing this, people in positions of power such as clinicians, school administrators, and policymakers have a responsibility to consider discrimination as a critical aspect of the daily experience and health of black teens. Racial discrimination prevention should be a public health imperative.”  

Read the Study Published by The Journal of Applied Development Psychology. 

Also, Read 5 Ways To Deal With Difficult People. 

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