How Do Intersecting and Overlapping Social, Environmental, Political and Economic Factors Affect Vulnerable Black Women’s Substance Use?

dc.creatorNydegger, Liesl A.
dc.creatorClaborn, Kasey R.
dc.date.accessioned2020-08-20T17:49:27Z
dc.date.available2020-08-20T17:49:27Z
dc.date.issued2020
dc.descriptionBlack women generally have higher rates of infections, diseases and mental health problems than other groups in the United States. Systemic racism, economic and educational discrimination, and family conflicts contribute to these health disparities. Given these intersecting and overlapping social, environmental, political and economic factors that negatively affect Black women’s lives, it is helpful to employ syndemic theory, which focuses on understanding the ways in which a person’s context affects their health outcomes, to better understand vulnerable Black women’s substance use experiences. Using in-depth interviews with vulnerable Black women, PRC faculty research associate Liesl Nydegger and her Dell Medical School colleague Kasey Claborn demonstrate that this subpopulation of Black women were at high risk for unhealthy substance use and dependence. They call for policymakers to expand housing opportunities, increase funding to address intimate partner violence, and to improve the mental health treatment and substance use recovery opportunities available to low-income Black women.
dc.description.departmentPopulation Research Centeren_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2152/82560
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.26153/tsw/9562
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Texas at Austin Population Research Centeren_US
dc.relation.ispartofPRC Research & Policy Brief Seriesen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesPRC Research & Policy Brief;5(6)
dc.rights.restrictionOpenen_US
dc.subjectBlack womenen_US
dc.subjectsubstance abuseen_US
dc.titleHow Do Intersecting and Overlapping Social, Environmental, Political and Economic Factors Affect Vulnerable Black Women’s Substance Use?en_US
dc.typeOtheren_US

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