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Prevalence and mental health consequences of ethnic and racial harassment: a briefing for the IOPC

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Publication date

Dec 2018

Summary

Recently-conducted research, using nationally representative data on ethnic minorities in the UK, has demonstrated a high prevalence of ethnic and racial harassment and a strong association between experiencing ethnic and racial harassment and mental health. The research found that ethnic and racial harassment is severely underreported in police statistics: around 10 per cent of ethnic minority people reported experiencing ethnic and racial harassment in the past year. Further, almost twice as many ethnic minority people felt unsafe or avoided public places due to their religion, ethnicity, race or nationality. Experiencing ethnic and racial harassment, or fearing it, was associated with poorer mental health, an association larger than the difference in mental health between the employed and unemployed.

Subjects

Crime And Justice, Psychology, Ethnic Groups, Well Being, Health, Social Psychology, and Race Relations

Links

Download - https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/files/projects/health-and-harassment/Racial-harassment-explainer.pdf; MiSoC Explainers: Ethnicity and Migration - https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/misoc/research/ethnicity-and-migration/explainers

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