The study followed around fifteen hundred white and black men over the age of 65 and found that white males were comparatively less able to cope with feelings of hopelessness.
Shervan Assari is the lead author on the study. He said hopelessness is a part of depression, but is not directly related.
“Negative evaluation of future is hopelessness.”
And, said Assari, when looking at males in both white and black groups the incidence of depression creating hopelessness is higher for whites.
“A black individual is looking around and seeing many exposures to a wide range of problems. There is a chance that blacks come up with a type of resilience to stressors which are associated with hopelessness.”
And that matters, said Assari, because hopelessness is linked to suicide rates.
There may be something too Assari’s theory because according to The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention seven out of every ten suicides in the U.S. will be a white male.