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stereotypical perceptions of various racial/ethnic groups

1: What are some examples of ill formed and stereotypical perceptions of various racial/ethnic groups?
2: What are disparities in mental health status, access and treatment across cultural groups?

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1: What are some examples of ill formed and stereotypical perceptions of various racial/ethnic groups?

A stereotype is a commonly held public belief about specific social groups, or types of individuals...and stereotypes are standardized and simplified conceptions of groups, based on some prior assumptions. A stereotype can be deemed 'positive', or 'negative'. We use stereotypes as a kind of mental short-cute to save time, and know how to react to people, but sterotypes are often not true. (http://www.fff.org/freedom/0400f.asp)

Examples can be seen from the past (early 20th century), when black people as a group were often stereotyped as being dumb, evil, lazy, poor, animalistic, smelly, uncivilised, and un-Christian people. Generally, white colonists commonly believed that black people were inferior to white people. These thoughts helped to justify black slavery and the institution of many laws that continually condoned inhumane treatment and perpetuated to keep black people in a lower socioeconomic position (Hurst, 2007) (Source: Hurst, Charles E. Social Inequality: Forms, Causes, and Consequences. 6. Boston: Pearson Education, Inc, 2007). There is a more positive way to stereotype with a "more joyful black image, yet still very stereotypical, was provided by eternally happy black characters like ...

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This job presents some ill formed and stereotypical perceptions of various racial/ethnic groups.

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