Theses and Dissertations


Erin King

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Johnson, Kecia R.

Committee Member

Ralston, Margaret L.

Committee Member

Brown, Dustin C.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Discrimination is associated with poor health outcomes in minority groups. Minority adolescents often do not have the same access to health care providers as white adolescents. In this study, I analyzed the impact of discrimination on the frequency of depressive symptoms in African American and Caribbean black adolescents. I used data from the National Survey of American Life Adolescent supplement and multivariate regression for this study. The dependent variable in this study is the frequency of depressive symptoms. The independent variables in this study are the Everyday Discrimination scale and the psychological coping mechanism John Henryism. I analyzed the relationship between discrimination and depression and the mediating effects of John Henryism. I found that there was a positive significant relationship between self-reported discrimination and depression and that John Henryism has a small indirect effect on this relationship.