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Depression and African Americans

About the Course:

According to the Minorities’ Diminished Returns (MDR) theory, the health returns of socioeconomic status (SES) are systemically smaller for Blacks compared to Whites. These three articles look at the different ways SES impacts black youths and adults.

This course is based on the article Parental Educational Attainment and Mental Well-Being of College Students: Diminished Returns by Shervin Assari, MD in 2018, the article, Educational Attainment Better Protects African American Women than African American Men created by Shervin Assari, MD in 2018 and he article, Depression among Black Youth; Interaction of Class and Place created by Shervin Assari, MD., et al. in 2018.

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Course Material Author

Shervin Assari, MD

Shervin Assari is a Research Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Public Health at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is also affiliated with the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health (CRECH), the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI), and Poverty Solutions. Dr. Assari studies how social groups based on race, gender, and class differ in the salience of social determinants of health and fundamental causes of illness. With over 15 years of post-graduate research experience, Assari has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed papers.

Course Creator

L.A. Rankin

L.A. Rankin is a social worker with experience in many different settings with a variety of clients. She has worked with dementia and Alzheimers patients, dual diagnosis MH/MR, in a battered women’s shelter, and a rape crisis center. She also has 11 years of experience as a child protective social worker, where she earned certificates in domestic abuse/family violence and substance abuse.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Comprehend mainstream SES theory and new data in opposition to that as is it pertains to race and gender.

  2. Acknowledge these studies identify higher SES as a risk for Major Depressive Disorder in African American males.

  3. Identify factors including structural racism that may place African American males at risk for depression.

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American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders (AAHCPAD)

2 CE Credit hours

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National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

2 CPD hours

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National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

2 CE Credit hours

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Parental Educational Attainment and Mental Well-Being of College Students: Diminished Returns

Questions 1-4 are based on this article.

References begin on page 7.

Educational Attainment Better Protects African American Women than African American Men

Questions 5 – 10 are based on this article.

References begin on page 8.

Depression among Black Youth; Interaction of Class and Place

Questions 11- 14 are based on this article

References begin on page 11.

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Course Number 102436
2 credit hours
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