Socioeconomic Status Predicts Depression Risk Among African Americans

By Staff Writer

African American men at both extremities of the socioeconomic scale and African American women at the bottom of the spectrum are more likely to suffer from depression, according to a new study published in the journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. The findings underscore the need for seeking help from drug rehab and mental health facilities at the first sign of depression.

The researchers said that minorities often face different sets of adversity and that this can have a number of mental health implications. The findings suggest that household income is one of the most important factors.

After viewing previously published survey results, researchers from the University of California, San Francisco found that African American men and women in the lowest income bracket were significantly more likely to suffer from depression. Curiously, men who earned more than $80,000 per year, the highest socioeconomic level for the study, were also at an increased risk of depression.

The researchers said that their findings could help steer future public health policies that aim to reduce the mental health burden of racial and socioeconomic inequalities.