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We investigate whether school racial composition is associated with racial and ethnic differences in early adult health. We then examine whether perceived discrimination, social connectedness, and parent support attenuates this relationship. Using U.S. data from Wave I and IV of the National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health, we found that black adolescents attending predominantly white schools reported poorer adult health while Asians reported better health. Further research is warranted to understand whether there are qualitative differences in the treatment of racial and ethnic minorities within certain school contexts and how that differential treatment is related to adult health outcomes.


Goosby, B. J., & Walsemann, K. M. (2012). School racial composition and race/ethnic differences in early adulthood health. Health & Place, 18(2), 296-304.

DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2011.10.002

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NOTICE: This is the author's version of a work that was accepted for publication in Health & Place. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Health & Place, [Volume #18, Issue #2, (2012)] DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2011.10.002

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