Discrimination and mental health outcomes in British Black and South Asian people during the COVID-19 outbreak in the UK

Jaspal, R. ORCID: 0000-0002-8463-9519 and Lopes, B., 2021. Discrimination and mental health outcomes in British Black and South Asian people during the COVID-19 outbreak in the UK. Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 24 (1), pp. 80-96. ISSN 1367-4676

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Abstract

This study focuses on the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on mental health outcomes in Black and South Asian people in the United Kingdom. A sample of 226 participants completed a survey consisting of measures of ethnic identification, religiosity, British national identification, perceived discrimination, fear of COVID-19, generalized anxiety, depression and life satisfaction. Black participants reported more frequent ethnic discrimination than South Asians who, conversely, reported more religious discrimination. Structural equation modelling showed that discrimination had a direct impact on fear of COVID-19 and an indirect impact through decreased British national identification and life satisfaction. Religiosity and ethnic identification appeared to be protective against fear of COVID-19. Fear of COVID-19 was in turn associated with increased depression and generalized anxiety and decreased life satisfaction. The results suggest that some minority groups may be facing poorer mental health outcomes due to discrimination and minority stress.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Mental Health, Religion and Culture
Creators: Jaspal, R. and Lopes, B.
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Date: 2021
Volume: 24
Number: 1
ISSN: 1367-4676
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1080/13674676.2020.1871328DOI
1401671Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 26 Jan 2021 08:58
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 15:04
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/42106

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