Health Implications of Black Lives Matter Among Black Adults

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The current study examined whether knowledge, understanding and support of the Black Lives Matter movement were positively linked to self-reported physical health among a representative sample of Black American adults.


The 2016 Collaborative Multiracial Post-election Survey (CMPS) examined attitudes about the 2016 US election, immigration, policing, racial equality, and racial discrimination among Asian American, Black American, Latinx, and White adults. The current study used the Black American sample, which included 3102 individuals (69% female) older than 18 years of age. We used a set of logistic regression models to assess the associations of knowledge, support, and understanding of Black Lives Matter with overall physical health.


Although knowledge of Black Lives Matter was not a significant predictor for physical health, understanding and supporting Black Lives Matter significantly predicted positive physical health among Black American adults.


Black American adults who understand and support Black Lives Matter reported more positive overall physical health.

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The original version of this article was revised: The names of two coauthors of this article were updated following the article’s original publication: The names “Aggie Noah” and “Brandon Yoo” are now given in the article’s author line as “Aggie J. Yellow Horse” and “Hyung Chol Yoo”, respectively.

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Seaton, E.K., Yellow Horse, A.J., Yoo, H.C. et al. Health Implications of Black Lives Matter Among Black Adults. J. Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities 7, 1241–1248 (2020).

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