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Adaptive resources and helpseeking among Black Americans: A stress and coping approach

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Title: Adaptive resources and helpseeking among Black Americans: A stress and coping approach
Author(s): Smith, Lizette Janine
Doctoral Committee Chair(s): Bowman, Phillip
Department / Program: Psychology
Discipline: Psychology
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: Ph.D.
Genre: Dissertation
Subject(s): Psychology, Social Psychology, Clinical
Abstract: This study investigated the relationship between adaptive coping resources and four patterns of helpseeking in a national sample of 2,107 Black Americans. A stress and coping approach offered a coherent conceptualization of the helpseeking process. Extending a stress and coping model, it was hypothesized that diminished personal resources combine additively with access to various socio-cultural resources to predict both informal and formal helpseeking. It was also hypothesized that adaptive coping resources would predict helpseeking best under conditions of chronic role strain. Hierarchical regression provided only modest support for the influence of diminished personal resources, but stronger support for the relation of supportive socio-cultural networks to helpseeking choices. In some cases, chronicity-resource-helpseeking interactions revealed stronger resource-helpseeking relationships under conditions of chronic role strain. Limitations of sample survey data are discussed, along with the theoretical and practical implications of the findings.
Issue Date: 1990
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/19867
Rights Information: Copyright 1990 Smith, Lizette Janine
Date Available in IDEALS: 2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog: AAI9026323
OCLC Identifier: (UMI)AAI9026323
 

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