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Associations of Perceived Discrimination with Impaired Functioning in a Population Sample with Psychological Distress (Psychiatry)

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Access to Health Care; California Health Interview Survey; 2015 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2015); 2013 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2013); Mental and Emotional Health; Other Conditions; Health Status and Conditions; General Health; Chronic Condition Prevalence

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CHIS Journal Article

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​The authors studied associations between perceived discrimination based on mental health status and impaired functioning in a population sample with psychological distress. Interviews were conducted with a sample of respondents to the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) with mild, moderate, or severe psychological distress. Perceived discrimination was assessed using 14 items covering four domains in which discrimination is reported: social, partner, institutional, and work. Associations of perceived discrimination scores (total score and domain scores) with impaired functioning, measured by the likelihood and number of days out of role, were estimated with statistical adjustment for demographic characteristics and serious psychological distress.

This observational study supports the suggestion that discrimination against people with mental illness contributes to their impaired functioning in a diverse range of social roles. The results provide preliminary evidence that reduction in discrimination against people with mental illness could improve social functioning and work productivity. Correlations among domain scores make it difficult to draw conclusions about domain-specific associations.


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Journal Article: Associations of Perceived Discrimination with Impaired Functioning in a Population Sample with Psychological Distress

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