ERIC Number: ED265244
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Help-Seeking Behavior among Black Males. Final Report.
Gary, Lawrence E.; And Others
This study concerns the help-seeking behavior of black males as it relates to mental health and attempts to identify the day-to-day concerns and problems of black males, describe their help seeking patterns, and make suggestions for future research and policy development to improve black males' mental health. The sample was 142 black males, ages 18 and over, living in the Washington, D.C. area. A personal interview schedule, consisting of closed and open-ended questions, was administered and data was collected and analyzed by computation of frequency distributions and analyses of selected variables using correlational statistics and principal component factor analysis. In general, the respondents were found to be in good mental and physical health, although approximately one-fourth reported having a chronic health problem such as diabetes or hypertension. The problems most frequently mentioned by the respondents were economic or employment problems. Concerning help-seeking patterns, most of the men preferred solving their own problems and the factors influencing whether they sought outside help or not related largely to the type of problem rather than to personal characteristics. Relatives and friends were found to be important sources of help, and mothers, wives, and girlfriends were most frequently mentioned as helpers. The group was found to use formal sources of help infrequently; however, their attitude toward such help was positive. (CG)
Descriptors: Blacks, Emotional Problems, Employment Problems, Family Involvement, Financial Problems, Males, Mental Health, Mental Health Programs, Social Support Groups
Institute for Urban Affairs and Research, Howard University, 2900 Van Ness Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20008 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Researchers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD. Center for Minority Group Mental Health Program.
Authoring Institution: Howard Univ., Washington, DC. Mental Health Research and Development Center.