The literature has consistently reported higher rates for women in comparison to men for self-reported psychological distress, prevalence of depression, anxiety and phobias (USHDDS, 1999). Similarly, African American women report higher rates of psychological distress, depression, anxiety and
discrimination or unfair treatment as a subjectively experienced form of stress that is not randomly distributed in society and is strongly related to race
Discrimination is a stressor conceptualized to be attributed to numerous factors (e.g. race, age, sexual orientation, religious afliation); however, this study aims to understand the effects of perceived discrimination regardless of attribution.