The High Cost of Mental Health
​In collaboration with researchers from Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, CSD is testing a theoretical model—the Environmental Affordances Model—that examines poor health behaviors as coping mechanisms for the stress of social disadvantage. The High Cost of Mental Health researches the association of high levels of racial residential segregation in the United States with the adoption of unhealthy behaviors in African American neighborhoods. With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this project examines the relationship between social context, stress, mental health and physical health using data drawn from the Missouri Family Study, a longitudinal study of African American and white families from the state of Missouri.