Pieterse Studies Link Between Perceived Racism and Mental Health in Black Americans

Albany, NY (December 14, 2011) – Alex Pieterse, Educational and Counseling Psychology, recently led a study published by the American Psychological Association which finds that perceived racism may cause mental health difficulties similar to trauma among black American adults.

Pieterse and his colleagues are the first to focus on this subject among this population specifically, “because this is a population that has reported, on average, more incidents of racism than other racial minority groups and because of the potential links between racism and not only mental health, but physical health as well,” said assistant professor of counseling psychology, Pieterse.

The study can be found in APA’s Journal of Counseling Psychology.

Read the University at Albany News Release.