Tim Brown – Discrimination hurts: The effect of discrimination on the development of chronic pain

This talk presents an examination of the hypothesis that psychological distress due to perceived discrimination can result in chronic pain, where perceived discrimination is based on age, gender, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, height/weight, religion, and other characteristics. Using a sample of 1,908 individuals from the two most recent waves (2004–2006 and 2013–2014) of panel data from the National Survey of Midlife Development in the United States as the basis for our econometric analysis, we estimate that 4.1 million people in the US in 2016, aged 40 and older, experienced chronic pain that is caused by increased psychological distress, where psychological stress has increased due to perceived discrimination. The implications of this finding for Christians is explored.

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