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The Relationship of Social Support to African American Caregivers’ Help-Seeking for Emotional Problems

Joseph G. Pickard, Megumi Inoue, Letha A. Chadiha and Sharon Johnson
Social Service Review
Vol. 85, No. 2 (June 2011), pp. 247-266
DOI: 10.1086/660068
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/660068
Page Count: 19
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The Relationship of Social Support to African American
                    Caregivers’ Help-Seeking for Emotional Problems
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Abstract

This study analyzes whether social support serves as a link to or substitute for formal services among African American female caregivers seeking help with emotional problems. It also analyzes other determinants of help-seeking. It relies on data from the Black Rural and Urban Caregivers Mental Health and Functioning Study and is guided by a modified version of the behavioral model of health services use. Using hierarchical binary logistic regression, analyses reveal that only age, stress, and support from fellow church members are statistically significantly associated with the likelihood of help-seeking. These results support the linking hypothesis, suggesting that the social support received by African American women caregivers in the context of their religious organizations helps to link them to services.

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