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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Vielehr, Peter Schuyler
Author's Email Address peter.s.vielehr@vanderbilt.edu
URN etd-09242014-123602
Title Day-to-Day Discrimination, Family Support, and Depressive Symptoms: Racial and Ethnic Contrasts
Degree Master of Arts
Department Sociology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
C. André Christie-Mizell Committee Chair
Lijun Song Committee Member
  • discrimination
  • social support
  • family support
  • mental health
  • microaggressions
  • race/ethnicity
Date of Defense 2014-09-19
Availability unrestricted
This thesis examines the relationships among day-to-day discrimination, family social support, and depressive symptoms in a sample of African Americans, Latinos, and whites. Utilizing micro-aggression theory supplemented by the stress process framework, I find that day-to-day discrimination is inversely related to depressive symptoms in initial models, but those effects are reduced to non-significant by family support. Furthermore, the results show interesting race and ethnic differences. At both high and low levels of day-to-day discrimination, African Americans and Latinos receive a greater benefit from family support than do whites—with Latinos receiving the largest benefit. Whites who report low levels of discrimination do experience a benefit from family support; however, for whites that report high levels of discrimination, family support has no relationship with depressive symptomatology.
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