Title

The Role of Racial Identity in the Relationship Between Life Stressors and Depressive Symptoms Among Black Adults in the United States

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Urban Social Work

Publication Date

2018

Date Added

2022-07-12

Abstract

The disproportionate rate of life stressors coupled with the unexpected lower rates of mental disorders among African Americans demands concurrent consideration of their cultural coping capacity. Racial identity (β = −.15, p < .01) and the interaction term assessing the moderating effect of racial identity on the relationship between life stressors and depressive symptoms (β = −.08, p < .01) remained significant when controlling for social demographics, despite the significant relationship of age, income, educational status, and work status. Findings from the analyses indicate that higher racial identity significantly reduced the relationship between life stressors and depressive symptoms, and lower racial identity significantly increased the relationship between life stressors and depressive symptoms even in the presence of social demographics.

DOI

10.1891/2474-8684.2.2.123

Keywords

Health

Disciplines

Public Health

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