How Discrimination Affects Minority Groups In Ways We Never Thought Of

We reviewed the following article:

Arellano-Morales, L., Roesch, S. C., Gallo, L. C., Emory, K. T., Molina, K. M., Gonzalez, P., & … Brondolo, E. (2015). Prevalence and correlates of perceived ethnic discrimination in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos Sociocultural Ancillary Study. Journal Of Latina/O Psychology3(3), 160-176. doi:10.1037/lat0000040

This article talks about how a group representatives from different universities has a test that they called “The Hispanic community health study also the study of Latinos in general”. Their goal is to see how far does discrimination go in terms of health for the Hispanic community from all different backgrounds, how does it affect them and why, what are common factors that got them there. Once they got their results from U.S citizens who of course have Hispanic backgrounds, they were willing to support the test to see what they get. They saw the difference in between the countries but one of the remarks they saw important is that Puerto Ricans have in general poorer health in comparison to the others. They are the ones to be seen as the criminals, the ones who come from low social class, these are very harsh stereotypes that I saw in the article. Might be true but not everyone is the same. In the other hand Mexicans came back with good results, maybe that’s from eating all the spicy food that their immune system is super strong. But that’s very interesting that Mexicans have far much better results than most. Cubans are another group who proved to have great health in most areas but didn’t get good result in other tests. “These test results are believed to be heavily affected by their social status, racism or ethnic discrimination, a psychosocial stressor with documented links to physical and mental health”. This explains why some of their health issues come from, how far does discrimination go that it affects with their lives.

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