Social-class discrimination plays a role in poorer health for teens

Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel:

A study of teenagers led by a University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher reports that social class discrimination can contribute to poorer health.

Previous studies have linked poverty and poor health, but UW researcher Thomas Fuller-Rowell says this study is one of the first to examine the health impacts of class discrimination. The new research is detailed in the journal Psychological Science.

The researchers examined 252 teenagers, all 17-year-olds from upstate New York. Most of the teens were white, so race was not one of the factors examined.

“Experiences of discrimination are often subtle rather than blatant, and the exact reason for unfair treatment is often not clear to victims,” said Fuller-Rowell.

Read the whole story: Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

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