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ERIC Number: EJ920984
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-1049-7315
Use of Professional and Informal Support by Black Men with Mental Disorders
Woodward, Amanda Toler; Taylor, Robert Joseph; Chatters, Linda M.
Research on Social Work Practice, v21 n3 p328-336 May 2011
This study utilized data from the National Survey of American Life (NSAL) to investigate the use of professional services and informal support among African American and Caribbean black men with a lifetime mood, anxiety, or substance use disorder. Thirty-three percent used both professional services and informal support, 14% relied on professional services only, 24% used informal support only, and 29% did not seek help. African American men were more likely than Caribbean Blacks to rely on informal support alone. Having co-occurring mental and substance disorders, experiencing an episode in the past 12 months, and having more people in the informal network increased the likelihood of using professional services and informal supports. Marital status, age, and socioeconomic status were also significantly related to help seeking. The results suggests potential unmet need. However, the reliance on informal support also suggests a strong protective role that informal networks play in the lives of Black men. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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