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Perceived discrimination and psychological distress in Sweden

  • Sarah Wamala (a1), Gunnel Boström (a2) and Karin Nyqvist (a3)

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There is lack of evidence on the health effects of perceived discrimination. We analysed the association between perceived discrimination and psychological distress, and whether socio-economic disadvantage explains this association in 15 406 men and 17 922 women in Sweden during 2004. After adjustment for age and long-term illness, frequent experiences of discrimination were associated with increased likelihood of psychological distress. Socio-economic disadvantage explained about 25% of this association.

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Dr Sarah Wamala, National Institute of Public Health, Olof Palmes Gata 17, 103 52 Stockholm, Sweden. Tel: +46 8 5661 3500; fax: +46 8 5661 3505; email: sarah.wamala@fhi.se

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Perceived discrimination and psychological distress in Sweden

  • Sarah Wamala (a1), Gunnel Boström (a2) and Karin Nyqvist (a3)
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