Stress and Adaptation in the Context of Culture: Depression in a Southern Black Community
This book provides a unique study in social and cultural psychiatry, carried out in an African-American community in the rural South. Using a combination of concepts and methods from anthropology and social epidemiology, the specific social and psychological risk factors for depression are examined. The author places special emphasis on how that risk is modified by the social and historical context of the Black community in the United States, and suggests a new basis for the sociocultural comparative study of health and disease.
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adaptation American middle class analysis argued associated behavior beliefs Black community Black family buffering effects chapter church Civil Rights Movement class persons context cultural resources defined depressive symptoms developed dimension Dressler economic class group economic stressors effects of stressors emphasis ethnographic extended family feel female-headed function Herskovits higher economic class household types important income individual interaction effects interview involvement kin support lifestyle incongruity living lower economic class major mean measure mental health mental illness middle class nonkin support nuclear family occupational class older organization patterns perceived personal identity perspective problems psychiatric psychological racism regression analysis Regression of Depressive relationships religious resistance resources respondents salience sample score sense social class social identity social support society sociocultural specific status stress process stressful life events structure studentized residual symptom checklists Table unemployment variables Westside White younger