Monday, January 25, 2021
Black Teens + Depression: Facing Discrimination At Least 5 Times
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Black Teens + Depression: Facing Discrimination At Least 5 Times


It’s common knowledge that Black adults often face discriminatory practices and micro-aggressions in corporate spaces, but we don’t often talk about the youth who are affected by these same things. This situation becomes even more daunting when you consider what’s on the other end of their cell phones, tablets, and computers.

new study by Rutgers University, which was published in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, found that Black American teens face discrimination multiple times a day, online being the most frequent. The study was done to assess how often Black teens experience racial discrimination and, upon conclusion, also found that these incidents often lead to depression.

While the concept is not new and has in fact been discussed for years by activists and advocates alike, the study does offer evidence and data to back up these claims. 

This research reflects what researchers and activists have asserted for years: Black adolescents are forced to face antiblack microaggressions on a daily basis. Importantly, this study expands the research on the many ways that