Self-Esteem as a Culturally contingent Index of Well-Being: Lessons from a Culture and Self Project

Monday, November 24, 2004

Shinobu Kitayama

University of Michigan

Persistent racial disparities in health represent a significant social and moral dilemma, as well as a serious public health concern. Racism is a fundamental cause of disease, and is physically embodied through social and psychobiological mechanisms. A social toxin, racism can be experienced environmentally at the area-level, as well as interpersonally through inter-personal experiences of racism, which impact biological processes underlying multiple disease pathways including via accelerated aging at the cellular level.

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