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Dawne Mouzon's Study Questions ‘Mental Health Advantage’ Among Black Americans

New research by Dr. Dawne Mouzon refutes perceptions that Black Americans’ lower rate of mental health problems stems from stronger family and church ties. It’s been well-documented that Blacks are less susceptible to mental and emotional disorders, like anxiety and depression, despite the fact that they have higher rates of chronic and infectious diseases, but there has been little or no research explaining the discrepancy. Instead, experts have attributed the gap to Blacks’ strong family ties and bonds within the church.

Dr. Mouzon's research shows that neither of these factors insulate Blacks from mental health problems, and she believes her study raises questions about whether standard diagnostic tools are flawed when applied to Blacks and could prevent them from getting the help they need.

Additional information about Dr. Mouzon's research is available here.

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