A new report, “Racism Linked to Depression,” on the Science Daily website explains the results of a  research study of the effect of racism on children and young people.  Researchers from the McCaughey VicHealth Centre for Community Wellbeing at the University of Melbourne found “links between racism and child and youth health outcomes” in several racial groups, including African American, Latino/a and Asian—including East Asian, South Asian and other Asian.

They examined interpersonal racism experience, or racism between people as opposed to institutional racism and found “strong and consistent relationships between racial discrimination and a range of detrimental health outcomes such as low self-esteem, reduced resilience, increased behaviour problems and lower levels of wellbeing.”  For example, the researchers found that when an expectant mother experienced racism during pregnancy, their children “were more likely to have poorer birth outcomes.”

Lead researcher, Dr. Naomi Priest, believes that schools and communities should address these issues among their minority groups to foster better health among those groups.