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ERIC Number: EJ876965
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0033-2909
Anxiety Psychopathology in African American Adults: Literature Review and Development of an Empirically Informed Sociocultural Model
Hunter, Lora Rose; Schmidt, Norman B.
Psychological Bulletin, v136 n2 p211-235 Mar 2010
In this review, the extant literature concerning anxiety psychopathology in African American adults is summarized to develop a testable, explanatory framework with implications for future research. The model was designed to account for purported lower rates of anxiety disorders in African Americans compared to European Americans, along with other ethnoracial differences reported in the literature. Three specific beliefs or attitudes related to the sociocultural experience of African Americans are identified: awareness of racism, stigma of mental illness, and salience of physical illnesses. In our model, we propose that these psychological processes influence interpretations and behaviors relevant to the expression of nonpathological anxiety as well as features of diagnosable anxiety conditions. Moreover, differences in these processes may explain the differential assessed rates of anxiety disorders in African Americans. The model is discussed in the context of existing models of anxiety etiology. Specific follow-up research is also suggested, along with implications for clinical assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. (Contains 3 footnotes and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
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Language: English
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