Journal article

Effects over time of self-reported direct and vicarious racial discrimination on depressive symptoms and loneliness among Australian school students

Naomi Priest, Ryan Perry, Angeline Ferdinand, Margaret Kelaher, Yin Paradies



BACKGROUND: Racism and racial discrimination are increasingly acknowledged as a critical determinant of health and health inequalities. However, patterns and impacts of racial discrimination among children and adolescents remain under-investigated, including how different experiences of racial discrimination co-occur and influence health and development over time. This study examines associations between self-reported direct and vicarious racial discrimination experiences and loneliness and depressive symptoms over time among Australian school students. METHODS: Across seven schools, 142 students (54.2% female), age at T1 from 8 to 15 years old (M = 11.14, SD = 2.2), and from diverse racial/..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The LEAD program was funded by the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth), the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) through its Diverse Australia program and beyondblue, Australia's peak body for mental health issues. The current study was carried out as part of the LEAD program. The authors are part of the LEAD evaluation team. NP was supported by an NHRMC post-doctoral fellowship, the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation and an Alfred Deakin Research Fellowship, Deakin University.