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Racism as a Source of Health Disparity in Families with Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Kendall, Judy RN, PhD; Hatton, Diane RN, DNSc

Ancestry and Ethnicity

Although poverty and health are inextricably linked, one cannot assume that simple poverty and low socioeconomic status are the primary causes of health disparity among racial groups. Examining the roles of racism and discrimination in access to health care and in the health experiences of people of color is fundamental to the goal of eliminating health disparities by 2010. Data from ethnic minority groups on how race influences health and health care services are absent from much of the nursing research literature. This article explores racism as a source of health disparity and discusses methodological implications for research, using attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) research as an example.

Professor; Department of Population-Based Nursing; School of Nursing; Oregon Health and Science University; Portland, Oregon

Professor; Hahn School of Nursing; University of San Diego; San Diego, California

The authors thank Elizabeth Carlson, RN, PhD candidate, School of Nursing, University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston, for her work in the areas of racism and health disparities and for introducing us to some new theoretical concepts that gave us the idea to write this manuscript.

The writing of this manuscript was partly funded by a grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research (NIH/NINR R01-NR05001).

© 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.