Effects of racial discrimination and health behaviors on mental and physical health of middle-class African American men

Sherrill L. Sellers, Vence Bonham, Harold W. Neighbors, James W. Amell

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Abstract

This research is an examination of the effects of racial discrimination and health-promoting behaviors on the physical and mental health of a sample of 399 well-educated African American men. One would think that the attainment of higher education would increase health-promoting behaviors and might decrease discriminatory experiences that impact health. However, regression analysis indicated a more complex picture. Health-promoting behaviors were positively related to mental health, whereas experiences of racial discrimination contributed to poorer mental health. Relationships between health-promoting behaviors and that of racial discrimination to physical health were found to be nonsignificant. In conclusion, the authors discuss the importance of culturally appropriate health-promotion efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-44
Number of pages14
JournalHealth Education and Behavior
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Copyright:
Copyright 2012 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • African American men
  • Health behaviors
  • Physical and mental health
  • Racial discrimination
  • Socioeconomic status

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