Research project

RaDiGe: Racist discrimination in the context of mental health care

The interdisciplinary project RaDiGe aims to investigate the experiences of racism of Black Indigenous People of Colour (BIPoC) in the context of mental health care. The combination of life sciences, social sciences, and humanities and a mixed methods approach enable a holistic view of the research gap.

Needs analysis

The needs analysis work package builds on a qualitative interview study and a systematic review of experiences of racism in connection with mental health and collects a representative sample in Germany on these topics for the first time. Among other things, questions on racial discrimination and validated questionnaires on mental stress and illness are used. Further intersectional dimensions are analyzed to identify interaction effects, protection, and risk factors.

Access routes

The access pathways work package deepens the results of the needs analysis through a randomized field experiment that tests the access and access speed of BIPoC to psychotherapeutic care in Germany with regard to possible access

Treatment experiences

The treatment experiences work package analyses qualitatively how BIPoC experience and address experiences of racism in psychotherapeutic treatment, how everyday experiences of racism are received and dealt with in treatment, and what role they play in the therapeutic relationship. In this work package, the experiences of (BIPoC) psychotherapists will also be analyzed. 

In close cooperation with organizations representing BIPoC and with the help of their anti-racist advice, the outlined research methods are used to develop evidence-based recommendations for action for social, political, and clinical actors.

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RaDiGe sub-project

Racial discrimination and mental health - needs analysis and treatment experiences

Racial discrimination and mental health - needs analysis and treatment experiences

Dr. Nora Hettich-Damm
Universitätsmedizin der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz in Kooperation mit der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (Prof. Dr. Mita Banerjee)

Experimental analysis of access routes to psychotherapeutic care

Prof. Dr. Sören Kliem
Ernst-Abbe-Hochschule Jena
University of Applied Sciences