Perceived discrimination and psychological distress in Sweden

Wamala, Sarah; Boström, Gunnel; Nyqvist, Karin; Boström, Gunnel
January 2007
British Journal of Psychiatry;Jan2007, Vol. 190, p75
Academic Journal
journal article
There is lack of evidence on the health effects of perceived discrimination. We analysed the association between perceived discrimination and psychological distress, and whether socio-economic disadvantage explains this association in 15,406 men and 17,922 women in Sweden during 2004. After adjustment for age and long-term illness, frequent experiences of discrimination were associated with increased likelihood of psychological distress. Socio-economic disadvantage explained about 25% of this association.


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