Silicon Valley Notebook


Leslie E. Sapon


Health disparities between minorities and non-minorities in the United States were explored using secondary data from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (n=37,869) and supplemented by interviews with eight knowledgeable professionals. Effects of cumulative disadvantage (resources and social stability) on health status were different for minorities and non-minorities. The findings were supported by Berger’s expectation states theory and Cockerham’s Health Lifestyle, grounded in Durkheim and Merton’s theories of integration and added to the body of literature on minority health inequalities.