As our racial discrimination lawyer in L.A. can tell you, even though an incident of racial discrimination may last only minutes or even seconds, the effects on the injured party continue long afterwards. A study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that there is a relationship between racial discrimination and an individual’s level of psychological distress.
Researcher DeAnnah R. Byrd, MS conducted her study using data from the biannual California Health Survey that gathers information from respondents on a number of health-related topics. Since previous studies focused mainly on blacks or Asians, Ms. Byrd expanded the scope to include a greater number of ethnic groups.
Respondents were classified as Hispanics, non-Hispanic whites, non-Hispanic blacks, non-Hispanic Asians with a fifth group containing all other ethnicities. Controls were applied to account for factors such as age, sex, education level, employment status and general health.
Discrimination levels were self-reported by respondents by rating how frequently they felt treated poorly due to their race or ethnicity. Answers were on a scale of 1 to 5 with being “never” and 5 being “all the time”. Respondents used a similar scale to respond to six questions concerning how often they experienced feelings such as depression or nervousness.
When results were compared, all five ethnic groups showed a definite correlation between high levels of psychological distress and frequent incidents of racial discrimination. The report concluded with a recommendation that public health providers consider the effects of racial discrimination on the health of minority groups.
No individual should be made to suffer psychological distress or any other diminished quality of life based on race or ethnicity. Contact us for assistance from a Racial Discrimination Lawyer in L.A. who will defend your rights to the fullest extent.