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Journal of Depression and Anxiety
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Exploring The Link Between Black Racial Identity And Mental Health

Shanika Lavi Wilson*

Department of Social Work, North Carolina Central University, USA

*Corresponding Author:
Shanika Lavi Wilson
Department of Social Work
North Carolina Central University, USA
Tel: 919-423-7952
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Received Date: February 20, 2017; Accepted Date: February 25, 2017; Published Date: March 03, 2017

Citation: Wilson SL (2017) Exploring The Link Between Black Racial Identity And Mental Health. J Depress Anxiety 6: 272. doi:10.4172/2167-1044.1000272

Copyright: © 2017 Wilson SL. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

This literature review examines the relationship between Black racial identity and mental health. In this article the racial identity models of Cross, Helms, and Sellers are used to assess the effects racial identity has on the mental health of African Americans. It is suggested that an unhealthy racial identity is related to psychological distress; therefore, a healthy racial identity is linked to psychological wellbeing.

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