Discrimination Can Affect Young Children’s Mental Health, Behavior
Children who reported discrimination and had a low sense of ethnic or racial identity were at high risk for anxiety, depression and other mental health and behavior problems, researchers found. Elsewhere, the Wounded Warrior Project is expanding its mental health services for veterans.
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Study: Racism Affects Even Young Kids' Mental And Behavioral Health
Young children who experience discrimination are at heightened risk for mental health and behavior problems, but less so if they have a strong sense of racial and ethnic identity, a new study suggests. Researchers at UC Riverside and Clark University, Mass., studied more than 170 children attending schools in Southern California’s Inland Empire. ... At age 7, the researchers explained the concept of discrimination in simple terms to the children, and asked if they’d ever felt discriminated against by peers, teachers or others because of their skin color, language, accent, culture or country of origin. More than half of the children reported such experiences. (Boyd-Barrett, 10/29)
Wounded Warrior Project Expands Mental Health Care Services For Veterans
As suicide rates among veterans remain high, the Wounded Warrior Project has committed to expanding its mental health care services to reach about 5,000 additional veterans across the nation over the next five years. ... The network, which was launched in 2016, sponsors veterans through an intensive, two- to three-week program to help them cope with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury at one of four academic medical centers: UCLA Health in California, Emory Healthcare in Georgia, Rush University Medical Center in Illinois and Massachusetts General Hospital. (Balch, 10/29)