A recent study by Rice University claimed that the mental health of Black and Hispanic military veterans improved during the administration of the 44th American president.
Led by Quintin Gorman and published in Armed Forces & Society, the study probed how military veterans were affected by the 44th president’s administration.
“This study investigated the mental health significance of Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential election for military veterans,” the authors wrote in their findings.
“Many believed his election signaled a progressive shift in race relations and crucial challenge to White supremacy. Furthermore, many argued his election generated hope, especially among Blacks.”
Researchers initially hypothesized better mental health for Black and Hispanic veterans after the initiation of the 44th presidential administration.
Using survey data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, it was claimed by the research team that a positive effect occurred with regards to psychological health during the 44th presidential administration.
“While there was no change among white veterans, Black and Hispanic veterans, on average, experienced about two fewer poor days per month after Obama was elected,” the study claimed.