Rutgers School of Public Health Assistant Professor, Dr. Devin English, had his research on racism and its detrimental impact on Black teenagers highlighted by the New York Times on Sunday, January 20, 2020.
His recent study, which has received national and international press coverage, examined how often Black teens experience racial discrimination each day – either personally or vicariously and online or offline.
The researchers surveyed 101 Black youth between ages 13 and 17 from predominantly Black neighborhoods in Washington, DC, each day for two weeks. The teens reported more than 5,600 experiences of racial discrimination in total – an average of more than five experiences per day.
The experiences reported in the study, which ranged from teasing about physical appearance to overt discrimination, mainly occurred online and led to short-term increases in depressive symptoms.
“Although public discourse can indirectly or directly blame health inequities on Black youth, our study provides evidence that racial discrimination in society is a fundamental cause of these health inequities,” said Dr. English, who is part of the Department of Urban-Global Public Health at Rutgers. “Knowing this, people in positions of power such as clinicians, school administrators and policy makers have a responsibility to consider discrimination as a critical aspect of the daily experience and health of Black teens. Racial discrimination prevention should be a public health imperative.”Tags: Friday Letter Submission, Publish on January 31