A Multidimensional Conceptualization of Racism-Related Stress: Implications for the Well-Being of People of Color


Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Pepperdine University, Pepperdine University Plaza, 400 Corporate Pointe, Culver City, CA 90230–7627 [e-mail: sharrell@pepperdine.edu]


A conceptualization of racism-related stress and its impact on well-being is offered that integrates existing theory and research on racism, multicultural mental health, and the stress process. The conceptualization is relevant to diverse racial/ethnic groups, considers the larger social and historical context, and incorporates attention to culture-based variables that may mediate the relationship between racism and well-being. Implications for intervention are discussed.