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Mental Health in Black America

Edited by:
  • Harold W. Neighbors - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement
  • James S. Jackson - Anthropology, University of Michigan, Emeritus

June 1996 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Celebrating the resilience of African Americans and their ability to cope with stress in the face of prejudice and discrimination, Mental Health in Black America explores how the quality of life among black Americans relates to behavioral health problems and diseases and examines the strategies blacks use to cope with the problems they face living in the United States. This unique edited volume details the self-reported stress of being black in America while documenting the cultural resources African Americans draw upon to overcome adversity and maintain a positive, healthy perspective on life. Beginning with a discussion of black life satisfaction and the broad psychological and sociological factors that affect it, contributors focus on how psychosocial factors contribute to such health problems as alcoholism and hypertension. Concluding with a thorough look at how blacks attempt to solve life problems, this volume highlights such strategies as prayer, avoidance, and active problem solving, as well as help-seeking from others such as family, community mental health providers, and law enforcement agencies. Mental Health in Black America is an insightful, informative volume that will help students and professionals in the fields of ethnic studies, psychology, social work, and public policy gain a clearer understanding and appreciation of the psychological dimension of the African American experience in the United States.

Gerald Gurin
Foreword
Harold W Neighbors and James S Jackson
Mental Health in Black America
Psychosocial Problems and Help-Seeking Behavior  
Carolyn B Murray and M Jean Peacock
A Model-Free Approach to the Study of Subjective Well-Being
Gayle Y Phillips
Stress and Residential Well-Being
Isidore Silas Obot
Problem Drinking, Chronic Disease and Recent Life Events
Rhoda E Barge Johnson and Joan E Crowley
An Analysis of Stress Denial
Diane R Brown
Marital Status and Mental Health
Ernest H Johnson and Larry M Gant
The Association between Anger-Hostility and Hypertension
Clifford L Broman
Coping with Personal Problems
Robert Joseph Taylor, Cheryl Burns Hardison and Linda M Chatters
Kin and Nonkin as Sources of Informal Assistance
Cleopatra Howard Caldwell
Predisposing, Enabling and Need Factors Related to Patterns of Help-Seeking among African American Women
Vicki M Mays, Cleopatra Howard Caldwell and James S Jackson
Mental Health Symptoms and Service Utilization Patterns of Help-Seeking among African American Women
Patricia A Washington
The Police
A Reluctant Social Service Agency in the African American Community  
James S Jackson and Harold W Neighbors
Changes in African American Resources and Mental Health
1979 to 1992  

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