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Racism, social resources and mental health for Aboriginal people living in Adelaide


Ziersch, A and Gallaher, G and Baum, F and Bentley, M, Racism, social resources and mental health for Aboriginal people living in Adelaide, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 35, (3) pp. 231 - 237. ISSN 1326-0200 (2011) [Refereed Article]


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2011 The Authors. ANZJPH 2011 Published under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1753-6405.2011.00681.x


BACKGROUND: This paper examines whether reported experience of racism by Aboriginal people living in Adelaide is negatively associated with mental health, and whether social resources ameliorate the mental health effects of racism. METHODS: Face-to-face structured and semi-structured interviews were conducted with 153 Aboriginal people. Data on self-reported experiences of racism (average regularity of racism across a number of settings, regular racism in at least one setting), social resources (socialising, group membership, social support, talking/expressing self about racism), health behaviours (smoking, alcohol), socio-demographic (age, gender, education, financial situation) and mental health (SF-12 measure) are reported. Separate staged linear regression models assessed the association between the two measures of racism and mental health, after accounting for socio-demographic characteristics and health behaviours. Social resource variables were added to these models to see if they attenuated any relationship between racism and mental health. RESULTS: The two measures of racism were negatively associated with mental health after controlling for socioeconomic factors and health behaviours. These relationships remained after adding social resource measures. Non-smokers had better mental health, and mental health increased with positive assessments of financial situation. CONCLUSION AND IMPLICATIONS: Reducing racism should be a central strategy in improving mental health for Aboriginal people.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander public health and wellbeing
Objective Division:Indigenous
Objective Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
Objective Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander determinants of health
UTAS Author:Bentley, M (Dr Michael Bentley)
ID Code:85894
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:23
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2013-08-13
Last Modified:2017-12-04
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