Racism Experienced by the Australian Indigenous Population

by Haleyduncan98 on November 14, 2016 - 5:20pm

Racism Experienced by the Australian Indigenous Population

 

Yin C. Paradies and Joan Cunningham’s The DRUID study: Exploring mediating pathways between racism and depressive symptoms among indigenous australians investigated the relationship between racism and depression a sample of the Australian indigenous population. As there are many existing studies done on indigenous population in the Americas, the researchers chose to contribute to the collective research by adding another minority indigenous group who experiences racism. By doing so, they can narrow down results other than cultural differences in order to see the relationship between depression and racism clearly. The 185 participants of the study were 15 years and above from Darwin Region Urban Indigenous Diabetes study (DRUID). This study consisted of participants recruited by family network and local health departments which does not represent eligible population. The participants responded to questions regarding racism such as in the workplace, law enforcement, education, leisure, public and domestic and were given a scale to report how often they experienced racism in these settings. Participants answered questions relating to depression from the Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale and social connections were assessed by adapting scales from the Strong Heart Study. The result of Yin C. Paradies and Joan Cunningham’s study further proved there is a relationship between racism and depression in indigenous people. They found that one factor that contributes to the ill effects of racism is negative social connection, when racism is perpetuated by family and friends in the forms of form of arguments, demands, and criticisms. The stress caused from racism may precipitate those negative social connections by reducing the individual's tolerance of any social connections which leads to only negative social connections. The research accomplish what it intended, it further shed light on the relationship between racism and mental health, as well as illuminate new connections like with the social relationships. One other result found in the research was that participants were more likely to underestimate encounters with racism than overestimate them.

In my opinion, I think this survey was conducted on the right idea, that idea being to research the effects of racism on indigenous people outside of the Americas. It did not aim to reveal anything groundbreaking, but instead strengthen the merit of other similar studies while also staying original based on its target group. Unfortunately, no justification or explanation was given for the sample size being so small and admitting to it being not representative of the target population. This in my eyes, discredits the study to some degree. The researchers provided a satisfactory definition for racism and used reliable methods that previous researchers have used to question the participants on racism.  Yin C. Paradies and Joan Cunningham’s study drew valid connections between depression and racism through, most notably, the social connections of the participants and how that affected the participants tolerance toward experiencing racism.

 
 

Paradies, Y. C., & Cunningham, J. (2012). The DRUID study: Exploring mediating pathways between racism and depressive symptoms among indigenous australians. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 47(2), 165-73.

 

Comments

The reason why I chose to pick this blog post was due to the title. I one day would love to study abroad in Australia. I am marine biology major and that is one of the many places I would like to visit. The title intrigued me due to the fact that involves issues and cultural segregation within a nation I am interested in. It was interesting to read about common issues that are occurring in the United States. The post was very well written, I especially found the part stating “It did not aim to reveal anything groundbreaking, but instead strengthen the merit of other similar studies while also staying original based on its target group”. Overall, I found the post to be very interesting and very well said and well written.

The title pulled me in because it seemed interesting to me to see how racism is in a different country. Based off of this post it is shown that many of the indigenous peoples of Australia are being discriminated against by others in the country. I found this article to be very relatable to because in the United States there is also racism and the separation in our society as well. it is shown how a group of people are secluded from others and are treated badly which is similar in both the U.S. and Australia. I also found it interesting how with racism there is also depression that comes along with it. That is something that I never really thought about but if that is something that comes along with a racist society it needs to be brought to light for everyone to see. I feel that if it is seen that depression is a part that comes with racism it may ultimately lead closer to a society that is color blind to skin and everyone is equal.

Originally what drew me to your post was that I went to Australia and when we went into the outback especially we learned a lot about the different problems the people from Australia faced so it was really interesting to read your article. I think a lot of the time we only really think about the things that are going on in our own country so it is nice to be able to learn about privilege issues for us going on in different places and show how we are all connected. People are faced with discrimination everywhere and it is easily identifiable. I thought it was interesting there was a study about the relationship between racism and depression of the Australian indigenous population and the correlation of stressed causes that; then later connects to their tolerance of social connections. This really shows how deeply this problem affects people. I think you did a really good job with your article and finding something that give a different perspective to the same problem everyone knows about. Everyone knows this isn’t okay but we need to be more proactive in taking steps to fix the problem and making sure people are comfortable and being treated the right way.

Originally what drew me to your post was that I went to Australia and when we went into the outback especially we learned a lot about the different problems the people from Australia faced so it was really interesting to read your article. I think a lot of the time we only really think about the things that are going on in our own country so it is nice to be able to learn about privilege issues for us going on in different places and show how we are all connected. People are faced with discrimination everywhere and it is easily identifiable. I thought it was interesting there was a study about the relationship between racism and depression of the Australian indigenous population and the correlation of stressed causes that; then later connects to their tolerance of social connections. This really shows how deeply this problem affects people. I think you did a really good job with your article and finding something that give a different perspective to the same problem everyone knows about. Everyone knows this isn’t okay but we need to be more proactive in taking steps to fix the problem and making sure people are comfortable and being treated the right way.

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