Individuals hold multiple identities, which operate on lines of marginalization and privilege (e.g., race), and all of these affect individuals lived experiences. Those who embody marginalized identities personally experience prejudice and discrimination. Chronic experiences of discrimination take a toll on physical and psychological health (Meyer, 1995, 2003; Fingerhut, Peplau, & Gable, 2010). This relationship has been demonstrated in Meyer’s (2003, 1995) minority stress model, which places minority individuals at increased risk for adverse health outcomes because of greater exposure to repeated experiences of discrimination.
Research has demonstrated racial disparities in sleep (Grander et al., 2016), and the experience of discrimination and racism contribute to these disparities (Slopen et al., 2016). However, little is known regarding the mediating factors linking these associations. Various psychosocial factors could mediate this association, such as depression, stress, and loneliness.
The current study will test these mediating variables. See figure below for theoretical framework.