Date of Award
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology and University Honors
Vigilance (Psychology), Sleep, African Americans -- Health and hygiene, Stress (Physiology), Race discrimination
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.
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Werekeitzen, Jennifer, "Discrimination and Health: Sleep and Racism-related Vigilance in Wave 5 of Americans' Changing Lives Study" (2017). University Honors Theses. Paper 428.