Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA
Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Frederick Ernst
Dr. Kristin Croyle
Dr. Roy Cain
Numerous studies have found that blood pressure is higher in persons with darker skin tone but the reasons for this remain unclear. This study attempted to investigate this relationship in Hispanics. If such a relationship was found, then it will be addressed whether or not one or more mediators, e.g., hostility, locus of control and perceived racial discrimination mediated the relationship. No such relationship between darkness of skin tone and blood pressure was found. However, statistically significant positive relationships between perceived racial discrimination, locus of control, and hostility were revealed. Discussion of these results focused on the plausible explanation of the positive relationships in an understanding of the likely sequence through which each factor might have occurred sequentially.
University of Texas-Pan American
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