Discrimination : Social And Economic Consequences On Ethnic Minorities

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Discrimination has undeniable social and economic consequences on ethnic minorities. Not only does discrimination have economic consequences but they have health consequences. Minorities face health disparities, in that their health overall is worse than the health of a white American. Racial minorities have a higher prevalence of diabetes, stroke, and other largely preventable disease. While many factors are involved in these health disparities, such as income and health care access, they are not exclusive to minorities. A factor exclusive to marginalized groups is their experience of discrimination. When faced with a threat, in this case discrimination, a person’s body will elicit a psychological and physiological stress response. Since discrimination may be an everyday experience for an ethnic minority, this constant increased stress response will have adverse effects on their health. Recent findings show that not only do you see increased stress response when experiencing discrimination but that if you perceive a situation might be prejudiced that alone will increase your stress level. Not only might a person of color must deal with a lower quality of life, due to social/economic reasons, that adversely affects their health, but they may also be in state of constant hyper-vigilance that further exacerbate health-care problems In a 2012 study, Sawyer, Major, Casad, Townsend, and Mendes found that Latinas who believed that the person they are interacting with held
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