“Hey, Frank, be sure to give me this report tomorrow!”
“Are you busy now, Clara? Can you please help me to pick up my daughter after work?”
“Alex is promoting again. Why this good thing never happens to me?”
“Kill me, Please…”
You must have encountered these kinds of situations at work. In today’s society, it is a common sense that high-pressure work environment has a detrimental influence on people’s health. Researchers have shown that there is an increasing evidence of an association between stress related to job strain and hypertension. The imbalance between the effort and the reward is also connected with increased systolic (SBP) and or diastolic (DBP) blood pressure. However, little data and researches are about the relationship between stress and racism and also race-based discrimination at work. Din-Dzietham et al. (2004) attach their attention to this aspect and conduct a thorough research on this issue.
By collecting data from the metro Atlanta heart disease study conducted in metropolitan Atlanta, GA, from 1999 to 2001 and also doing in-depth interviews with participants, they find that:
African-Americans are more likely to suffer from SBP and DBP and self-reported hypertension when they
encounter discrimination originating from non-African-Americans as well as from other African-American.
When we talk about racial discrimination at work, we usually just notice the difficulties for African-Americans to get a job or a promotion. This research gives insight into health issue related to racism which shows that being black actually means that you are more likely to experience high blood pressure and hypertension because of the racism and individual discrimination.
Be nice, plz!
Din-Dzietham, Rebecca, Nembhard, Wendy N., Collins, Rakale, and Davis, Sharon K. 2004. “Perceived stress following race-based discrimination at work is associated with hypertension in African–Americans.” The metro Atlanta heart disease study, 1999–2001.” Social Science & Medicine 58(3): 449-461.