Rutgers University Study: Black Teens Suffer Depressive Symptoms From Daily Racism

Black teens experience over five incidences of discrimination daily — mainly online.

According to a Rutgers University study, the experience of daily racial discrimination can lead to negative mental health effects,

The study, published in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, examined how often black teens experience racial discrimination each day – either personally or vicariously and online or offline.

The experiences reported in the study, which ranged from teasing about physical appearance to overt discrimination, mainly occurred online and led to short-term increases in depressive symptoms. Examples of discrimination included teasing by peers about wearing their hair natural, seeing jokes about their race online and witnessing a family member or friend being treated poorly due to their race or ethnicity.

“This research reflects what researchers and activists have asserted for years: Black adolescents are forced to face anti-black microaggressions on a daily basis. Importantly, this study expands the research on the many ways that discrimination happens, whether it is being teased by peers, asked to speak for their racial group in class or seeing a racist post on social media,” said lead author Devin English, an assistant professor at Rutgers School of Public Health.

Rutgers University Study: Black Teens Face Racial Discrimination Multiple Times Daily Suffer Depressive Symptoms

Daily Multidimensional Racial Discrimination Among Black U.S. American Adolescents