Multidimensional conceptualization of identity and psychopathology: Assessing mental health disparities from an intersectional and dimensional framework
SourcePersonality and Mental Health, (2021)
15 juni 2021
Article / Letter to editor
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Personality and Mental Health
SubjectNeuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology; Neuro- en revalidatiepsychologie
Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) currently constitute 40% of the US population and will become the majority by 2045. Current mental health systems have not sufficiently accounted for disparities, inequities, and social determinants impacting BIPOC lives. We outline several advances that could improve mental health disparities research. Research on BIPOC requires mental health assessment accurately capturing multiple facets of one's identity, taking into account the complexities of multifaceted historical oppression. Assessing (personality) psychopathology in a dimensional and hierarchical manner could provide greater insight into mental health disparities between diverse identity individuals. We encourage studying moderators that are protective assets for BIPOC - such as resiliency and community factors - as opposed to deficit-dominant, category-based, and majority-dominant assessments.
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