ERIC Number: ED247349
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Help-Seeking Behavior among a Diverse Sample of Black Men and Women.
Thomas, Veronica G.; And Others
This is a report on help-seeking behavior among a diverse sample of 451 black adults residing in Richmond, Virginia. The report defines "help-seeking behavior" as any communication about a problem or troublesome event that is directed toward obtaining support, advice or assistance in times of distress. The use of two types of support--"formal" or professional help, and "informal" (friend and relative) help--are described. The type of help provided by these sources and respondents' satisfaction with help received are also reported. Problem types were divided into five categories--financial, employment, crime, family, and health. The study's interview questionnaire is explained, and results are discussed. It is asserted that black help-seeking behavior has been little studied, even though some research has indicated that blacks are reluctant to seek help. The current study's findings are said to contradict this stereotype. Formal and informal sources of support are held to be critical in the lives of blacks when seeking aid to a problem; the type of support utilized, however, depends upon the nature of the problem encountered. The paper concludes with statistical tables describing the sample and showing results. (KH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD. Center for Minority Group Mental Health Program.
Authoring Institution: Howard Univ., Washington, DC. Inst. for Urban Affairs and Research.
Identifiers: Help Seeking
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (55th, Baltimore, MD, April 12-15, 1984).