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HECTOR F. MYERS, TEÑE T. LEWIS & TYAN PARKER-DOMINGUEZ

In: Handbook of Racial & Ethnic Minority Psychology

Chapter 19: Stress, Coping, and Minority Health: Biopsychosocial Perspective on Ethnic Health Disparities

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Stress, Coping, and Minority Health: Biopsychosocial Perspective on Ethnic Health Disparities
Stress, coping, and minority health: Biopsychosocial perspective on ethnic health disparities

Current epidemiological evidence indicates a persistent disparity in health status, morbidity, and mortality among racial/ethnic minorities relative to Caucasians. Regardless of the health and social status criteria used, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and many South Pacific and Southeast Asian groups carry a disproportionate burden of morbidity and mortality and are overrepresented among those suffering from the greatest social disadvantage (Flack et al, 1995; National Center for Health Statistics [NCHS], 2000). The social imperative we face today is to identify those factors that contribute to or maintain these persistent health disparities and to design innovative interventions to close the gaps. Driven by the dual ...

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