Racist white stereotypes and physician race : factors influencing black health care related responses

UNCW Author/Contributor (non-UNCW co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Duane J. Thomas (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW )
Web Site: http://library.uncw.edu/
Advisor
Carolyn Simmons

Abstract: The current research assesses whether Black anti-white bias (as measured by the Johnson-Lecci scale of anti-white bias) and/or physician race might influence Black participant health care related responses. The major results indicated that participants in the White physician condition reported less physician trust than those in the Black physician condition. Additionally, the results indicated that high bias participants reported less physician trust than low bias participants. However, these main effects were qualified by two interactions between bias level and physician race. Specifically, trust responses did not vary as a function of physician race for participants in the control and Black physician condition. Conversely, in the White physician condition, high bias participants reported less trust than low bias participants. Additionally, symptom severity threshold responses (i.e., the threshold for seeking medical assistance) did not vary as a function of bias level for participants in the control and Black physician condition. Conversely, in the White physician condition, high bias participants reported a higher severity threshold than low bias participants.

Additional Information

Publication
Thesis
A Thesis Submitted to the University of North Carolina Wilmington in Partial Fulfillment Of the Requirement for the Degree of Master of Arts
Language: English
Date: 2009
Keywords
African American physicians, African Americans--Medical care, Blacks--Medical care, Discrimination in medical care, Health and race, Medical ethics, Physician and patient, Racism--Health aspects, Stereotypes (Social psychology)
Subjects
African Americans -- Medical care
Medical ethics
Stereotypes (Social psychology)
Blacks -- Medical care
Physician and patient
Health and race
Racism -- Health aspects
Discrimination in medical care
African American physicians