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Methodological approaches for studying structural racism and its biopsychosocial impact on health

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    Paris B. Adkins-Jackson
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    Angela C. Incollingo Rodriguez
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    Psychological and Cognitive Sciences, Department of Social Science and Policy Studies, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA
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Published:September 22, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.outlook.2022.07.008

      Highlights

      • Structural racism creates poor health for racialized and minoritized communities.
      • Structural racism is multilevel and multidimensional.
      • Structural racism should be examined as a predictor of biopsychosocial health.
      • Biopsychosocial approaches are useful for identifying downstream health impacts.
      • Interdisciplinary research is needed in close partnership with communities.

      Abstract

      Background

      Structural racism is a powerful determinant of health that drives health disparities, morbidity, and mortality across racialized and minoritized groups.

      Purpose

      This article discusses approaches for measuring structural racism and its resultant network of negative biopsychosocial consequences for health and well-being.

      Methods

      We draw on prevailing theoretical models and approaches to characterize both the nature of structural racism and integrated methods for assessing its consequences across mental and physical health.

      Discussion

      This article will serve to guide researchers in health-related disciplines to accurately assess the biopsychosocial consequences of structural racism in key populations.

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