Racial Identity and Mental Health

Liliana Benanchietti, Avital Kessler-Godin, Tania Jaramillo, Retta Washington

Previous research has examined mental health in relation to race and specific factors that may lead to poor mental health such as discrimination, different coping mechanisms, undetected diagnoses, and differences in the overall college experience. The purpose of this study is to determine how college students’ racial and ethnic identity impacts perception of belonging, life satisfaction, and overall mental health, specifically at Muhlenberg College. This research can better inform college counseling centers when working with marginalized students, professors when creating and teaching course content, and college administrators on the decisions they make that can and do affect the mental health of their students, specifically marginalized students.

3 thoughts on “Racial Identity and Mental Health

  1. I think this is a very important topic because minorities feel marginalized everyday, but we don’t talk about how they feel enough and we should.

  2. Some questions that can’t really be answered by anyone here but that I find fascinating nonetheless: If this study was conducted in other spaces, would the order of who was the most marginalized remain the same? If so, what does this say about the United States and our history with different marginalized groups?

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