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Overview

This book provides a systematic overview of the status and life situations of elderly black Americans. Based on an empirical national survey, the contributors examine the major substantive issues related to psychological and social dimensions of ageing from a perspective that addresses the population's special circumstances and strengths.

Sections are devoted to community, friends and family; church and religion; health, social functioning and well-being; group identity and political participation; and retirement and work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803935358
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/26/1992
  • Pages: 360

Meet the Author

Linda M. Chatters, Ph.D. holds a joint position as Associate Professor in the Department of Health Behavior & Health Education at the School of Public Health and the School of Social Work. She is also a Faculty Associate with the Program for Research on Black Americans, Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. The major focus of Dr. Chatters' research is the study of adult development and aging as it relates to the mental and physical health status and social functioning of older persons in a variety of social contexts (i.e., the family, church, and community). A particular emphasis of this work has been the investigation of various dimensions of religious involvement among the African American population. She is also interested in assessing the independent contributions of relevant religious, personal, and social status factors on well-being among elderly and non-elderly populations. She is Principal Investigator for the National Institute on Aging grant, "Church-based Assistance and Older Blacks." Dr. Chatters is the author of "Religion and health: Public health research and practice" which appeared in the Annual Review of Public Health (2000).

Robert Joseph Taylor, MSW, Ph.D., is the Sheila Feld Collegiate Professor of Social Work and the Associate Dean for Social Work Research at the University of Michigan. He is a Faculty Associate with the Program for Research on Black Americans at the Institute for Social Research. He is also a faculty associate with the Center for Afro-American and African Studies and affiliated with the Center for Research on Race, Religion and Health at the Institute for Social Research. He is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Marriage and the Family. Professor Taylor has published extensively in two major areas (informal social support networks and religious participation). His work on the informal networks investigates the role of family, friends, and church members as sources of social support to adult and elderly Black Americans. His work in the Sociology of Religion investigates the demographic correlates of religious participation among black adults and black elderly. He has been Principal Investigator of several grants from the National Institute on Aging which examine the role of religion in the lives of Black and White elderly adults. He has been Co-Principal Investigator with James Jackson on several grants from the National Institute of Mental Health on the correlates of mental health and mental illness among black Americans. He is Co-Principal Investigator for the National Institute on Aging grant, "Church-based Assistance and Older Blacks." He has edited two books Family Life in Black America (1997) and Aging in Black America (1993) with James S. Jackson and Linda M. Chatters.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
1 Roles and Resources of the Black Elderly 1
Sect. I Community, Friends, and Family
2 Neighborhoods and Neighbor Relations 21
3 Crime Stress, Self-Esteem, and Life Satisfaction 38
4 Gender, Marital, Familial, and Friendship Roles 49
5 Intergenerational Support: The Provision of Assistance to Parents by Adult Children 69
6 Intimate Partnerships 84
Sect. II Church and Religion
7 Religion and Religious Observances 101
8 Function and Supportive Roles of Church and Religion 124
Sect. III Health, Social Functioning, and Well-Being
9 Physical Health 151
10 Health Disability and Its Consequences for Subjective Stress 167
11 Mental Health and Help-Seeking Behavior 185
Sect. IV Group Identity and Political Participation
12 Identity and Consciousness: Group Solidarity 203
13 Group Consciousness and Political Behavior 217
14 Demographic and Religious Correlates of Voting Behavior 233
Sect. V Retirement and Work
15 The Black Americans Who Keep Working 253
16 The Black American Retirement Experience 277
Sect. VI Life Course of African Americans
17 Status and Functioning of Future Cohorts of African-American Elderly: Conclusions and Speculations 301
Author Index 319
Subject Index 327
About the Authors and Editors 333
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