Bogart Et Al. Respond

Published In: American Journal of Public Health, v. 103, no. 11, Letters, Nov. 2013, p. e1-e2

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2013

by Laura M. Bogart, Marc N. Elliott, David E. Kanouse, David J. Klein, Susan L. Davies, Paula Cuccaro, Stephen W. Banspach, Melissa F. Peskin, Mark A. Schuster

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We appreciate the opportunity to respond to Nathan's insightful questions and to elucidate several aspects of our research. Nathan asks about the implications of grouping together all discrimination sources. As she notes, Greene et al. suggest that discrimination source plays a role in health outcomes, with peer discrimination more highly related to mental health than adult discrimination. However, the Healthy Passages fifth-grade survey did not ask separate questions about discrimination by adults and discrimination by peers. Measuring and analyzing the distinct effects of different discrimination sources on health disparities in this age group would be an important contribution to the field.

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