Study: Americans who suffer discrimination more likely to report higher stress levels

Study: Americans who suffer discrimination more likely to report higher stress l

A study carried out by the American Psychological Association (APA) has revealed that Americans who face discrimination due to factors like race, age, gender, disability, and sexual identity have more chances of reporting higher stress levels. Money and work figure are main causes of stress but the most affected ones are the non-White people.

As per the APA’s annual Stress in America survey, money is a main cause of stress for 62% of Whites; 78% of Blacks, 77% of Hispanics and 70% of Asians and Native Americans.

As a whole, 69% of American adults have faced discrimination in the cases of managers preferring younger workers or a security guard after a young black man in mall, among numerous situations.


Researchers discovered that the ones who report discrimination apparently have elevated stress levels. Whites, who haven’t come across discrimination, said that their on a ten-point scale their stress level is a 4.0, in comparison to 5.4 for White Americans reporting discrimination.

While speaking to reporters, the APA’s Assistant Executive Director for Practice Research and Policy, Dr. Lynn F. Bufka said that though stress is a normal life experience, it transforms into a severe issue on becoming chronic, exerting a physical and mental toll.

The APA team mentioned that everyday discrimination experiences are particular instances as they are actually very difficult to handle, partially because of the fact that they can’t be just simply anticipated and interpreted.

Researchers said that discrimination can result into a lowered self-esteem. There are 43% of Native Americans who admit that they pay attention to their way of speaking and stay alert to avoid discrimination.

There are 29% Black adults who say that they feel a need to transform their outlook due to the same reason. Nearly 31% of Hispanics said they felt that way.


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