Interpersonal discrimination and physical health


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© Oxford University Press 2018. Interpersonal discrimination contributes to health inequalities for disadvantaged groups across numerous stigmatized identities. This effect has been found using cross-sectional, prospective, and experimental designs. Interpersonal discrimination has been associated with poor health across a wide range of mental health outcomes, including greater rates of depression, psychological distress, anxiety, and negative well-being, and also physical health outcomes such as hypertension, diabetes, respiratory problems, selfreported ill health, low birth weight, and cardiovascular disease. This chapter examines the relationship between interpersonal discrimination and health. It first reviews the literature, focusing on current best measurement practices, and then provides support for the theoretical model of the pathways by which interpersonal discrimination impacts health outcomes. The chapter then presents an updated meta-analysis that further supports the model and expands on types of discrimination and outcomes. It concludes with a discussion of directions for future research.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Richman, LS; Pascoe, E; Lattanner, M

Published Date

  • December 6, 2017

Book Title

  • The Oxford Handbook of Stigma, Discrimination, and Health

Start / End Page

  • 203 - 218

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780190243470

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190243470.001.0001

Citation Source

  • Scopus