A multidimensional conceptualization of racism-related stress: implications for the well-being of people of color

Am J Orthopsychiatry. 2000 Jan;70(1):42-57. doi: 10.1037/h0087722.


A conceptualization of racism-related stress and its impact on well-being is offered that integrates existing theory and research on racism, multicultural mental health, and the stress process. The conceptualization is relevant to diverse racial/ethnic groups, considers the larger social and historical context, and incorporates attention to culture-based variables that may mediate the relationship between racism and well-being. Implications for intervention are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Cultural Characteristics
  • Ethnicity*
  • Humans
  • Mental Health*
  • Models, Psychological
  • Prejudice*
  • Self Concept*
  • Social Conditions
  • Stress, Psychological*