School racial composition and race/ethnic differences in early adulthood health

Bridget J. Goosby, Katrina M. Walsemann

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We investigate whether school racial composition is associated with racial and ethnic differences in early adult health. We then examine whether perceived discrimination, social connectedness, and parent support attenuates this relationship. Using U.S. data from Waves I and IV of the National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health, we found that black adolescents attending predominantly white schools reported poorer adult health while Asians reported better health. Further research is warranted to understand whether there are qualitative differences in the treatment of racial and ethnic minorities within certain school contexts and how that differential treatment is related to adult health outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)296-304
Number of pages9
JournalHealth and Place
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2012


  • Discrimination
  • Disparities
  • Race/ethnicity
  • School segregation
  • Social integration
  • Social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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