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ERIC Number: ED258115
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Definition of Life Stress among Black and White Urban Aged.
Young, Rosalie F.; And Others
The effects of stress on the psychosocial well-being of older persons have been well documented. Research on stress among the aged has generally considered recent life events as salient stressors in late life and has focussed on older persons without regard to racial differences. Interviews were conducted with 400 elderly black and white residents of Detroit in an attempt to describe the incidence and perception of stressors among the urban elderly. Subjects, who were socio-economically similar, completed measures of recent stressful events, cumulative life stress, and stress due to perception of societal problems. The results revealed that many of the same life crises had occurred among blacks and whites; recent occurrences ranked similarly for blacks and whites; and neither group had experienced many stressful events in the recent past. Whites reported more positive life events than blacks. The results also showed that the races did not perceive events as affecting them to the same magnitude. Whites reported more concern over societal events than did blacks. The elderly of both races were most worried about becoming victims of violent crime and were concerned about the economic condition of the community. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan (Detroit)