This project is part of the Center for Integrative Approaches to Health Disparities (CIAHD), which was supported by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (2P60-MD002249-06). It supported a diverse set of research activities aimed at understanding how mental and physical health relate to social inequalities.
These research activities include theoretical contributions related to developing the Environmental Affordances Model of Health Disparities, which focuses on the intersection of stress and self-regulatory coping behaviors, and how those behaviors may have differential influences on (short-term) mental versus (long-term) physical health. The Environmental Affordances Model interrogates how stress shapes mental health and health behaviors in the context of social disadvantage, and considers whether there is a “zero-sum” contest between promoting mental versus physical health in such contexts.
Select publications related to this project
Stress, self-regulation, and context: Evidence from the Health and Retirement Survey. SSM Population Health 2017.
Depression and type 2 diabetes mellitus: A call to explore the common cause hypothesis. Arch Intern Med 2011.