Seminar Details

Seminar Details

Title: Holding on to Hope: An Analysis of Structural Risk Factors and Resilience Facilitators among a Racial Diverse Population of Older Adults
Speaker: Uchechi A. Mitchell, PhD, MSPH
Speaker Link: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Uchechi_Mitchell
Affiliation: University of Illinois at Chicago
Host: Aresha Martinez-Cardoso, PhD
Position/Department: Assistant Professor Division of Community Health Sciences
Location: AMB W-229
Start: 1/23/2019 3:30:00 PM
Url: http://health.bsd.uchicago.edu/

Abstract:

Hopelessness is an understudied consequence of structural violence. To date, population-level studies examining the relationship between discrimination and hopelessness among older Americans are non-existent. Rather, the extant literature has focused on hopelessness as a risk factor for poor physical and mental health and has failed to examine its determinants, specifically within the context of structural violence and health equity. Thus, the overarching goal of this study is to assess the relationship between discrimination and hopelessness among U.S. older adults and to determine whether discrimination mediates racial/ethnic disparities in hopelessness. This study also seeks to determine whether social factors, such as social support, social engagement and neighborhood social cohesion, protect against feelings of hopelessness among individuals confronted with discrimination.