By: Isabella Carson
Parents who have a higher education often have children who are academically inclined as well. This of course is not always the case, but studies and data have shown that children who come from low-income homes are less likely to do well in school than their peers from high-income families. Parents who have a good education could have an adverse effect on their child if they are black according to a new study.
Researchers from MassGeneral Hospital for Children conducted a study that found that black children are more likely to be at risk for depression if their parents are well-educated. They found that this is due to the fact that the children are from a higher economic status and they feel that they are going to be stereotyped and discriminated against. Parents who have a higher education have children who are not at a high risk for depression, and this is true for black children as well. However that is cancelled out by the fact that when a black child is in school they are most likely going to be stereotyped because of their color. This can lead to discrimination which ends up leading to depression.
The study was conducted on 545 participants who followed from 12th grade through the ages of 21 to 25. They asked them questions about discrimination because of their ethnicity and whether they were experiencing any symptoms of depression at the time of the survey. Out of these participants, 296 described themselves as white and showed that the better the education of their parents the less they felt that they were being discriminated against. The 249 participants who stated that they were black showed a steady increase in the feelings of discrimination but it didn’t correlate with their parents’ education as the white students.
Discrimination was reported for black students who had parents that completed high school or less but the numbers increased sharply for those who had well-educated parents. The greatest amount of discrimination was felt by the black students whose parents had an advanced degree. Along with these feelings of discrimination came symptoms of depression. The more discrimination that was felt, the more symptoms that showed up.