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Monday, September 30, 2013

MPRC Seminar: Individual Behavior and Population Health Disparities: The Affordances Framework for Understanding Population Disparities in Physical and Mental Health

Description:
Speaker: James S. Jackson, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan About the Talk: Physical health and mortality disparities consistently favor non-Hispanic whites over black Americans. On the other hand, over the last 25 years epidemiological studies reveal that Blacks suffer the same or lower rates of serious mental disorders as Whites. Coping, consciously or unconsciously, with chronically stressful environments often involves engaging in unhealthy behaviors, including smoking, alcohol and drug use, and over-eating. These actions have brain effects through the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenalcortical (HPA) axis to alleviate the harmful physiological reactions to stressful environmental exposures, and protect individuals from mental disorders. {Will appear in FYI on Sep 26, 2013
Start Time:
12:00 PM
End Time:
1:00 PM
Room:
Margaret Brent Room 2112
Common Location Name:
Stamp Student Union
Web Address:
www.popcenter.umd.edu/new_e/event_1369852627115
Other Contact Information:
Tiffany L Pittman MPRC 301 405 6403 tpittman@umd.edu


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