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ERIC Number: EJ836095
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-0090-4392
The Mediating Role of Social Support in the Community Environment--Psychological Distress Link among Low-Income African American Women
Lin, Jielu; Thompson, Martie P.; Kaslow, Nadine J.
Journal of Community Psychology, v37 n4 p459-470 May 2009
Living in a disordered community is negatively associated with psychological well-being. We investigated the role of social support in the link between community environment and psychological distress in a sample of 152 African American women from low socioeconomic backgrounds in a large metropolitan southeastern city. Structural equation modeling revealed that the association between low quality of community environment and increased psychological distress was accounted for by the mediating role of social support. Findings suggest the importance of social support in improving the mental health of African American women from low socioeconomic backgrounds. Because social support is affected by the environment in which women live, interventions should be community-focused. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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