UCI professor of environmental and occupational health, Karen Lincoln, PhD, shares her expertise in health disparities affecting African Americans built upon the lived experience as an African American woman and through her interdisciplinary training at the Program for Research on African…
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How personality and genetics impact link between racial discrimination and problem drinking
A study published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence shows that the connection of racial discrimination to problem drinking differs based on personality traits. People who tend to act impulsively in response to negative experiences are more likely to report problematic alcohol use that is associated with racism. But, people who enjoy seeking out new experiences are less likely to report problematic alcohol use that is associated with racism. Though this personality trait is thought to be a common risk factor for alcohol use disorder, this study suggests that people with sensation-seeking personalities can better tolerate or cope with difficult situations such as racism.