Gold Does Not Always Glitter: Does Upward Mobility Undermine the Health of African Americans

Awarded Scholars:
Darrell Hudson, Washington University in St Louis
Tina Sacks, University of California Berkeley
Project Date:
Mar 2020
Award Amount:

Although higher socioeconomic status is associated with reduced racial health disparities, these inequities do not entirely disappear. Hudson and Sacks will investigate why upwardly mobile African Americans continue to bear a disproportionate burden of morbidity and mortality relative to whites. They will investigate how upward social mobility among African Americans, including the navigation of predominantly white spaces, could diminish their health returns due to high-effort coping as they attain and/or attempt to maintain upward mobility.


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