How stressors are perceived may contribute to differences in mental health between Black and white older adults

Despite higher levels of exposure to common chronic stressors across five life domains (health, financial, residential, relationship, and caregiving), Black study participants were found to suffer less from symptoms of anxiety and depression than white study participants. Our new Sloan Fellow on Aging and Work, Leah Abrams, PhD, is an author on a paper that … Continue reading “How stressors are perceived may contribute to differences in mental health between Black and white older adults”

Assessing the scale for assessing depression in rural South Africa

Researchers from the Harvard Pop Center in Cambridge, MA and the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa who are affiliated with the HAALSI study have published a paper in the Journal of Affective Disorders that finds that the reliability of the commonly used scale to assess depression (Center for Epidemiologic Depression Scale (CES-D)) … Continue reading “Assessing the scale for assessing depression in rural South Africa”

Geotagged tweets used to better assess urban mobility, neighborhood isolation in 50 U.S. cities

Findings of a research study show that even though residents of black and Hispanic neighborhoods traveled outside of their home neighborhoods, they were far less exposed to nonpoor or white middle-class neighborhoods than residents of primarily white neighborhoods, suggesting that segregation persists in some of the country’s largest cities. Two authors of the study—Mario L. … Continue reading “Geotagged tweets used to better assess urban mobility, neighborhood isolation in 50 U.S. cities”

When it comes to hiring, racial discrimination against African-Americans in U.S. holding steady

Despite improvements in racial bias and inequities in certain respects over the last 25 years in the United States, a new meta-analysis indicates that there has been no change in the level of hiring discrimination against African-Americans, while there has been some improvement within the Latino population. Harvard Pop Center faculty member Devah Pager, PhD, … Continue reading “When it comes to hiring, racial discrimination against African-Americans in U.S. holding steady”

Impact of long-term unfair treatment on cardiovascular health in women found to vary by race

Rebecca C. Thurston, PhD, an alumna of the Harvard RWJF Health & Society Scholars program, is an author on a study published in Health Psychology that has found that Caucasian women who were exposed to cumulative (over a 10-year period) unfair treatment had worse cardiovascular health. The same exposures were not found to impact the … Continue reading “Impact of long-term unfair treatment on cardiovascular health in women found to vary by race”

Do racial disparities in cognitive outcomes in US adults vary by state of primary school attendance?

Harvard Pop Center Principal Analyst Sze Yan (Sam) Liu is lead author on a paper in Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society that explores whether variability in cognitive outcomes in adults is attributable to state of school attendance, especially during formative years of primary school. Pop Center faculty member Maria Glymour, PhD, is also an … Continue reading “Do racial disparities in cognitive outcomes in US adults vary by state of primary school attendance?”

Are block parties associated with higher social capital, better health?

Harvard Pop Center faculty members Ichiro Kawachi, MD, PhD, S V Subramanian, PhD, and David R. Williams, PhD, are authors on a paper published in Social Science & Medicine that explores the impact of block parties in Black neighborhoods on bonding social capital and self-rated health.

New study finds white men and women have significantly lower rates of suicide in states with higher levels of social capital

A new study co-authored by affiliated faculty member Ichiro Kawachi, MD, PhD, investigates whether state levels of social capital are associated with rates of completed suicides in the fifty U.S. states.