BEHS 495 Advanced Seminar in Social Sciences

Perceived Microaggressions and Mental Health in a Sample of African American Youths Experiencing Homelessness.

Toshia R. Hardman

BEHS 495 Advanced Seminar in Social Sciences




Running head: ARTICLE REVIEW 1








The study focused on effects of micro aggressions targeted at sexual minority and mental health. The targeted population was homeless African American youths. Macro aggressions are actions taken by individuals in a majority group meant to discriminate another person in a minority group. Various forms of aggressions are likely to be propelled at a homeless African American youth especially if they are from a minority sexual orientation that is, Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT). The target population was LGBT youth between 16 to 24 years. The study adopted a cross-sectional design where face to face interviews were conducted on a sample of 89 (Gattis & Larson, 2017). To ensure research validity participants in the research sample were primarily homeless minorities.

This research helped guide a hypothesis statement; there exist a significant relationship exist between depression tendencies and micro aggressions. The findings of the study revealed a significant positive relation exist between micro aggressions and depression symptoms. The study also revealed that no form of micro aggression was related to suicidal tendencies. The study acknowledged that it was possible that depression symptoms were aggregated by the state of homelessness, however, this did not discredit that there exist a likelihood that LGBT homeless black youths demonstrate depression tendencies emanating from macroaggressions directed towards them.






References Gattis, M. N., & Larson, A. (2017). Perceived Microaggressions and Mental Health in a Sample of Black Youths Experiencing Homelessness. Social Work Research, 7-17.

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