Dawne Mouzon

Associate Professor of Public Policy, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University

About Dawne

Mouzon’s research focuses on the "race paradox in mental health," or the unexpected finding that Black Americans exhibit better mental health outcomes than Whites despite lower socioeconomic standing and greater exposure to discrimination. She also explores both race and social class differences in the mental health benefits of marriage and the social-structural causes (and mental health and public policy implications) of the Black marriage decline.


Why Has Marriage Declined among Black Americans?


"'Blacks Don't Value Marriage as Much as Other Groups': Family Patterns and Persisting Inequality" in What White People Think They Know (and Many People of Color Aren't Totally Clear on Either): Questioning Conventional Wisdom about Race, edited by Cherise Harris and Nikki Khanna (Sage Publications, forthcoming).
Reviews the relative evidence regarding both sides of the culture-structure debate surrounding the Black marriage decline.
"Can Family Relationships Explain the Race Paradox in Mental Health?" Journal of Marriage and Family 75, no. 2 (2013): 470-485.
Tests (and debunks) a common attribution for the unexpected finding that Blacks exhibit better mental health outcomes than Whites.
"Macho Men' and Preventive Healthcare: Implications for Older Men in Different Social Classes" (with Kristen W. Springer). Journal of Health and Social Behavior 52, no. 1 (2011): 212-227.
Examines the way in which hegemonic masculinity affects preventive health care among men at midlife and beyond.