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MEASURING EVERYDAY RACIAL/ETHNIC DISCRIMINATION IN HEALTH SURVEYS: How Best to Ask the Questions, in One or Two Stages, Across Multiple Racial/Ethnic Groups?

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Shariff-Marco, S; Breen, N; Landrine, H; Reeve, BB; Krieger, N; Gee, GC; Williams, DR; Mays, VM; Ponce, NA; Alegría, M; Liu, B; Willis, G; Johnson, TP
Published in: Du Bois Rev
2011

While it is clear that self-reported racial/ethnic discrimination is related to illness, there are challenges in measuring self-reported discrimination or unfair treatment. In the present study, we evaluate the psychometric properties of a self-reported instrument across racial/ ethnic groups in a population-based sample, and we test and interpret findings from applying two different widely-used approaches to asking about discrimination and unfair treatment. Even though we found that the subset of items we tested tap into a single underlying concept, we also found that different groups are more likely to report on different aspects of discrimination. Whether race is mentioned in the survey question affects both frequency and mean scores of reports of racial/ethnic discrimination. Our findings suggest caution to researchers when comparing studies that have used different approaches to measure racial/ethnic discrimination and allow us to suggest practical empirical guidelines for measuring and analyzing racial/ethnic discrimination. No less important, we have developed a self-reported measure of recent racial/ethnic discrimination that functions well in a range of different racial/ethnic groups and makes it possible to compare how racial/ethnic discrimination is associated with health disparities among multiple racial/ethnic groups.

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Du Bois Rev

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1742-058X

Publication Date

2011

Volume

8

Issue

1

Start / End Page

159 / 177

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • 5003 Philosophy
  • 4410 Sociology
  • 4408 Political science
 

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Shariff-Marco, S., Breen, N., Landrine, H., Reeve, B. B., Krieger, N., Gee, G. C., … Johnson, T. P. (2011). MEASURING EVERYDAY RACIAL/ETHNIC DISCRIMINATION IN HEALTH SURVEYS: How Best to Ask the Questions, in One or Two Stages, Across Multiple Racial/Ethnic Groups? Du Bois Rev, 8(1), 159–177. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1742058X11000129
Shariff-Marco, Salma, Nancy Breen, Hope Landrine, Bryce B. Reeve, Nancy Krieger, Gilbert C. Gee, David R. Williams, et al. “MEASURING EVERYDAY RACIAL/ETHNIC DISCRIMINATION IN HEALTH SURVEYS: How Best to Ask the Questions, in One or Two Stages, Across Multiple Racial/Ethnic Groups?Du Bois Rev 8, no. 1 (2011): 159–77. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1742058X11000129.
Shariff-Marco S, Breen N, Landrine H, Reeve BB, Krieger N, Gee GC, et al. MEASURING EVERYDAY RACIAL/ETHNIC DISCRIMINATION IN HEALTH SURVEYS: How Best to Ask the Questions, in One or Two Stages, Across Multiple Racial/Ethnic Groups? Du Bois Rev. 2011;8(1):159–77.
Shariff-Marco, Salma, et al. “MEASURING EVERYDAY RACIAL/ETHNIC DISCRIMINATION IN HEALTH SURVEYS: How Best to Ask the Questions, in One or Two Stages, Across Multiple Racial/Ethnic Groups?Du Bois Rev, vol. 8, no. 1, 2011, pp. 159–77. Pubmed, doi:10.1017/S1742058X11000129.
Shariff-Marco S, Breen N, Landrine H, Reeve BB, Krieger N, Gee GC, Williams DR, Mays VM, Ponce NA, Alegría M, Liu B, Willis G, Johnson TP. MEASURING EVERYDAY RACIAL/ETHNIC DISCRIMINATION IN HEALTH SURVEYS: How Best to Ask the Questions, in One or Two Stages, Across Multiple Racial/Ethnic Groups? Du Bois Rev. 2011;8(1):159–177.
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Published In

Du Bois Rev

DOI

ISSN

1742-058X

Publication Date

2011

Volume

8

Issue

1

Start / End Page

159 / 177

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • 5003 Philosophy
  • 4410 Sociology
  • 4408 Political science