Study Says Blacks Who Attend Church Are Less Likely to Struggle With Depression, Mental Health Issues

Black people have found ways to cope with racism, traumas and the BBQ Beckys of the world. One of those ways, you ask?

Many African Americans have joined churches to deal with stressful racial profiling incidents, which have skyrocketed in recent months. The coping mechanism has proven effective as worshippers have reported less mental health issues, according to a recently published study. Churchgoers are less likely to suffer from depression, psychological distress and post-traumatic stress disorder, University of Michigan and Case Western Reserve University researchers said in a report published in the Journal of Community Psychology.

Black parishioners are also less likely to struggle with suicidal thoughts, according to the “Church and Family Support Networks and Depressive Symptoms Among African Americans: Findings from The National Survey of American Life” study.

Researchers surveyed 3,000 African Americans, whose ages ran the gamut from 18 to 93, for the report. They also examined associations between emotional support from church members and support from extended family members, researchers said.

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SOURCE: Clarissa Hamlin 
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