To understand mental health disparities, look to R.I.C.E., not race
August 01, 2012
Network faithful have been burning up the email recommending a closer look at a recent article by Dr. James Jackson in Psychiatric News that highlighted the complex influence of race, immigration, culture, and ethnicity, or “R.I.C.E.,” on disparities in mental health.
According to the article, the construct of “race” often is used to capture a vague set of biological and social forces. Based on his research, Dr. James Jackson, professor of psychology and director of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, noted, “Race matters even if we don’t know what race is.” Jackson studied blacks of Afro-Caribbean descent to better understand the interplay between race, ethnicity, and immigration status. Surveys in both the United States and Great Britain indicate that ancestry, gender, timing of immigration, and age at immigration all influenced the prevalence of mood disorders.