For the study, researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and prevention or CDC have surveyed more than 21,000 men between the ages of 18 and 44 from different races and ethnicity.
The survey was conducted between 2010 and 2013.
The participants were asked some questions like if they have feelings of anxiety or depression, the mental health treatments they are taking, family income, health insurance coverage and their race and ethnicity.
Researchers found that about 6 percent of the non-Hispanic black men reported felling of depression and anxiety compared to 8.5 percent of the non-Hispanic white men. Only 26 percent of the blacks were under medication while it is 45 percent for the whites. Data suggests that non-Hispanic blacks are less likely to seek medical help due to lack of health insurance coverage because 39 percent of them are uninsured compared to 13 percent of the whites.
Bit is it really the lack of health insurance coverage that contributes to this disparity? The researchers think that it is the social pressure which plays a major role.
Stephen Blumberg, an associate director of science with the NCHS and the lead author of the study said, “We suspect that there are several social and cultural pressures that lead black and Hispanic men to be less likely than white men to seek mental health treatments.”
He further added, “These pressures, which include ideas about masculinity and the stigma of mental illness, may be more pronounced for men of color, and these same forces may lead men of color to be more likely to deny or hide feelings of anxiety or depression.”
The findings of the study are published in the June 11 issue of the National Center for Health.