Self-regulatory processes underlying structural stigma and health.
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In this article, we examine self-regulatory processes that are initiated by structural stigma. To date, the literature on self-regulation as a mechanism that underlies stigma and health outcomes has focused primarily on harmful health-related behaviors that are associated with perceived discrimination. Numerous studies find that when people experience discrimination, they are more likely to engage in behaviors that pose risks for health, such as overeating and substance use. However, a large body of literature also finds that low power - which is also a chronic, though often more subtle, experience for stigmatized groups - is associated with a heightened activation of inhibitory processes. This inhibition system has wide-ranging influences on cognition, behavior, and affect. We provide an overview of these two literatures, examine synergies, and propose potential implications for measurement and research design.
Social Control, Informal
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1016/j.socscimed.2013.12.029
Publication InfoLattanner, MR; & Richman, Laura Smart (2014). Self-regulatory processes underlying structural stigma and health. Soc Sci Med, 103. pp. 94-100. 10.1016/j.socscimed.2013.12.029. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10161/11798.
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Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
Dr. Richman's research broadly focuses on understanding factors that contribute to health disparities for disadvantaged groups. Some research areas include the role of social status, gentrification, and social network characteristics on health behaviors and outcomes. Click here for .pdf links to my publicationsAreas of expertise: Health