The WEATHERING HYPOTHESIS is a proposed explanation of why multiple and severe experiences of discrimination (cumulative trauma) lead to physiologic changes in Brain-Body leading to increased disease and early death.
WEATHERING is a similar concept to ALLOSTATIC LOAD and CUMULATIVE TRAUMA.
See also Dr. Heather Hall’s concept of a “double dose” of adversity.
Geronimus AT (2006) “Weathering” and Age Patterns of Allostatic Load Scores Among Blacks and Whites in the US. Am J Public Health. FREE Full Text