Discrimination Impacts Mental Health: Especially Among the Educated


A cross-sectional study of 1,994 individuals in a deprived area of Japan found that perceived discrimination was significantly associated with depressive symptoms and a diagnosis of mental illness. This relationship was more strongly associated among men or highly educated people than among women or among less educated people, and was independent of age, socioeconomic status, social relationship, and lifestyle. Results appeared online in Social Science & Medicine on May 24.

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Tabuchia, T. Fukuharab, H. Iso, H. Geographically-based discrimination is a social determinant of mental health in a deprived or stigmatized population in Japan: A cross-sectional study Social Science & Medicine, published online May 24, 2012

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].