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ERIC Number: EJ780188
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-1070-5309
Racial Differences in Perceptions of Social Support in Consumer-Centered Services
Woodward, Amanda Toler; Mowbray, Carol T.; Holter, Mark C.; Bybee, Deborah
Social Work Research, v31 n4 p221-228 2007
The purpose of this study was to explore potential racial differences in the experience of support offered by consumer-centered services for adults with serious mental illness. The study used hierarchical linear modeling to examine the level of support consumers report receiving from programs and the extent to which program-level characteristics reflecting racial diversity differentially influence white and African American consumers. The study used data from interviews with 1,072 white and African American consumers throughout Michigan and from selected program-level data. African Americans reported that a smaller proportion of their network comes from their program, although this is not related to program-level characteristics. Interaction effects suggest that the proportion of consumers in a program who are African American differentially influences the sense of community reported by white and African Americans. Implications for understanding racial dynamics within consumer-centered services are provided.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan