Journal article

Assessing mediators between discrimination, health behaviours and physical health outcomes: a representative cross-sectional study

Joo Luiz Bastos, Roger Keller Celeste, Diego Augusto Santos Silva, Naomi Priest, Yin Carl Paradies

Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology | SPRINGER HEIDELBERG | Published : 2015

Abstract

PURPOSE: Discrimination is a social determinant of health; however, the pathways linking discrimination to ill-health are under-researched. This study investigated the mediators through which discrimination affects health behaviours and physical health outcomes, as well as assessed whether sex moderated these mechanisms. METHODS: Data from a representative survey (n = 1023) of undergraduate students enrolled in a Brazilian university in 2012 were used. Structural equation models were applied to assess the following mediation mechanisms--(1) discrimination influences self-rated health and body mass index via anxiety/depression; (2) discrimination affects behaviours (alcohol consumption, probl..

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