Minority males have the poorest health outlook of any Americans, a recently released report shows.
The report, “Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic and Sexual Minority Boys and Men,” which focuses on males from underrepresented groups and non-heterosexual males, states that men from these groups are also more often targeted for hate crimes.
The report was authored by the American Psychological Association’s Working Group on Health Disparities in Boys and Men.
“These populations are particularly vulnerable because schools, criminal justice institutions, and health care systems are rarely prepared to deal with the unique challenges that these boys and men face, and how these males express disappointment, sadness, anger and frustration,” said Derek Griffith, director of Vanderbilt University’s Center for Research on Men’s Health, who served on the working group.
In addition to being the targets of systemic oppression and discrimination, several other factors work against minority boys and men, leading to higher rates of trauma, substance use, depression and violence, according to the report.
The report also cites statistics indicating that minority boys and men and those who identify as LGBTQ are at a higher risk for HIV and AIDS, and have higher rates of suicide, smoking and being bullied and harassed than heterosexual boys and men.