Racism as a determinant of social and emotional wellbeing for Aboriginal Australian youth

Priest, Naomi C., Paradies, Yin C., Gunthorpe, Wendy, Cairney, Sheree J. and Sayers, Sue M. 2011, Racism as a determinant of social and emotional wellbeing for Aboriginal Australian youth, Medical journal of Australia, vol. 194, no. 10, pp. 546-550.

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Title Racism as a determinant of social and emotional wellbeing for Aboriginal Australian youth
Author(s) Priest, Naomi C.
Paradies, Yin C.ORCID iD for Paradies, Yin C. orcid.org/0000-0001-9927-7074
Gunthorpe, Wendy
Cairney, Sheree J.
Sayers, Sue M.
Journal name Medical journal of Australia
Volume number 194
Issue number 10
Start page 546
End page 550
Total pages 5
Publisher MJA group
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 2011-05-16
ISSN 1326-5377
Keyword(s) Adolescent
Adolescent Behavior
Mental Health
Northern Territory
Oceanic Ancestry Group
Psychology, Adolescent
Socioeconomic Factors
Stress, Psychological
Surveys and Questionnaires
Young Adult
Summary OBJECTIVE: To explore the associations between self-reported racism and health and wellbeing outcomes for young Aboriginal Australian people. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: A cross-sectional study of 345 Aboriginal Australians aged 16-20 years who, as participants in the prospective Aboriginal Birth Cohort Study, were recruited at birth between 1987 and 1990 and followed up between 2006 and 2008. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Self-reported social and emotional wellbeing using a questionnaire validated as culturally appropriate for the study's participants; recorded body mass index and waist-to-hip ratio. RESULTS: Self-reported racism was reported by 32% of study participants. Racism was significantly associated with anxiety (odds ratio [OR], 2.18 [95% CI, 1.37-3.46]); depression (OR, 2.16 [95% CI, 1.33-3.53]); suicide risk (OR, 2.32 [95% CI, 1.25-4.00]); and poor overall mental health (OR, 3.35 [95% CI, 2.04-5.51]). No significant associations were found between self-reported racism and resilience or any anthropometric measures. CONCLUSIONS: Self-reported racism was associated with poor social and emotional wellbeing outcomes, including anxiety, depression, suicide risk and poor overall mental health.
Language eng
Field of Research 1117 Public Health And Health Services
1103 Clinical Sciences
Socio Economic Objective 0 Not Applicable
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, MJA Group
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30093532

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