Date of Award

2017

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Kerth O'Brien

Subjects

Discrimination -- Effact on health, Sleep deprivation -- Health aspects, African Americans -- Social conditions -- 21st century, African Americans -- Effect of racism on

DOI

10.15760/honors.424

Abstract

The present study focuses on racial discrimination, sleep, and vigilance from Wave 5 of the Americans' Changing Lives study. From previous literature we know that stress and sleep are related; the more stress present, the more sleeping problems. It follows then that if anticipation of discrimination (vigilance) is the manifestation of stress related to racism, then vigilant individuals will have a harder time sleeping. Our hypothesis is that Black Americans’ vigilance levels will be negatively correlated with their sleep quality such that lower vigilance levels will indicate higher sleep quality. The results supported our hypothesis suggesting that Black Americans who experience vigilance also have a harder time falling asleep.

Comments

An undergraduate honors thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science in University Honors and Psychology.

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/20430

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