Minority Students in Less Racially Diverse Schools Face More Mental Woes

Minority Students in Less Racially Diverse Schools Face More Mental Woes

For the study, researchers collected mental health survey assessments from 389 sixth graders at 14 Texas public schools located in urban areas. Results showed that Black and Latino students’ experience of depressive-anxious symptoms doubled when there were a higher number of white students in a school. Some Latino students saw a decrease in mental health problems the more racially and ethnically diverse a school was. In addition, Latino students with higher levels of stress experienced about one fifth the number of symptoms for depression and anxiety in schools with more diverse classmates. Conversely, researchers found that a boost in school diversity was associated with white students experiencing higher levels of depressive-anxious symptoms.

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