Study: High Stress, Poor Health Are Products Of Discrimination

"When people frequently experience unfair treatment, it can contribute to increased stress and poorer health," says Jaime Diaz-Granados.

Discrimination is an endemic disease in America. It can contribute to increased stress and poor health which are most widespread among black Americans.

A study by the American Psychological Association (APA) released on Thursday by USA Today proves that a good number of Americans say they face discrimination at work, from the police or in other situations that can be linked back to stress and poor health.

The study records that more than a half of U.S. adults say that they have experienced some level of discrimination in the aforesaid areas. The survey was carried out on 3,361 adults last August by Harris Poll on behalf of APA.

According to the report, about 61% of the people surveyed detailed their day-to-day experiences in the form of poor service, threats, lack of respect, etc. It also states that about 70 percent of those surveyed prove they have experienced discrimination in some way or another.

The survey reports that issues on discrimination remain boundless among people of color as about 77 percent say they experienced some degree of tilt from day-to-day.

About 40 percent of black men have suffered unfair treatment by police who search, threaten or abused them in varying ways.

In addition, almost a third of black and Hispanic adults have become extra careful about their appearance so as to be treated well.

According to the APA, about a quarter of adults with rather fair or poor health also indicated that they have higher-than-average levels of stress.

He said that “it’s clear that discrimination is widespread and impacts many people.”

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