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Americans’ average life expectancy is 79, yet a significant number of young minorities don’t believe they’ll live past their mid 30s.

This week, the American Sociological Association and the Journal of Health and Social Behavior put out research showing that young Whites are more hopeful about their life spans than young people of color. The report claims that 66 percent of Whites believe that they will live past the age of 35 compared to only 50 percent of Blacks.

The survey covered over 17,000 teenagers, male and female; 57 percent of the respondents were White and 23 percent were Black. The remaining respondents were a mix of Latino and Asian ethnicities and migrant statuses.

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A passage from the report:

Uncertain (or pessimistic) survival expectations are emerging as an important marker of inequality in the United States, as adolescent pessimism about future survival has been linked to a range of deleterious behaviors, such as delinquency, fighting and violence, and suicide attempts.

The survey has been conducted since 1994, and is reportedly the first look at survival expectations across race, ethnicity and age group. Researchers claim that Black communities’ concerns for our life expectancy is likely rooted in the fact that we are disproportionately affected by police brutality, violence and chronic health issues.

Read the full report at the American Sociological Association’s website here.

[SOURCE: The Huffington Post]


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