Dr. Sula Hood, Elizabeth Golembiewski, Hadyatoullaye Sow, and Co-authors Publish New Paper
Sula Hood, PhD, MPH, assistant professor in Social and Behavioral Sciences, Elizabeth Golembiewski, doctoral student in Health Policy and Management, Hadyatoullaye Sow, graduate student in Social and Behavioral Sciences, and co-authors recently published a new paper "Who Can I Turn To? Emotional Support Availability in African American Social Networks." African Americans disproportionately experience psychological distress, such as feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness and are disproportionately exposed to risk factors associated with mental illness, such as racial discrimination, violence and poverty. To effectively address African Americans’ mental health needs, it is imperative to identify who African Americans turn to when they experience stressors. The purpose of this study was to assess the extent to which emotional support is provided within African Americans’ social networks and determine the characteristics of social network members who African Americans rely upon for emotional support.
Results indicate that African Americans rely on social network members for spiritual and physical health support more so than emotional support.Read the Paper