WASHINGTON, D.C., May 3, 2021 – The legacy of systemic racism in the U.S impacts psychosis risk at the individual and neighborhood level, according to a definitive review published online today. Researchers examined U.S. based evidence connecting social and environmental factors with outcomes relating to psychotic experiences, including schizophrenia.
The review examined potential risk factors and influence of structural racism within three key areas. These included disparities in neighborhoods; trauma and stress experienced at both collective and individual levels; and complications experienced around pregnancy.
“Being a particular race in and of itself is not the determinant; the systematic racism that constructs the social milieu makes it relevant,” the authors conclude.
“Our review suggests the legacy of structural racism in the U.S. is a fundamental cause of racial inequities in social determinants of psychosis,” said lead author Deidre M. Anglin, Ph.D., with City College of New York, City University of New York. “Funding priorities, training, and intervention development in North American psychiatry must shift to reflect this evidence.”
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