Psychosocial Aspects of Chronic Illness and Disability Among African Americans / Edition 1

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One out of every seven working age African Americans has an impairment that affects functioning in activities of daily living. These statistics suggest that most African Americans are touched by disability. This book examines the psychosocial aspects of disability and chronic illness using a culturally congruent framework. Chapters address prevalance, health and rehabilitation utilization patterns, the role of culture, empirical research, and strategies for improving mental health and functional outcomes. This book will be useful to professionals who work with people with disabilities, policymakers, and consumers, as well as faculty and students in rehabilitation, health, and African American courses.

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Contributes to an understanding of chronic illness and disability among African Americans and looks at the ways in which mental health and functional outcomes such as employment can be improved for African Americans with chronic illnesses and disabilities. Early chapters overview the prevalence of disabilities and chronic illness and explore cultural factors, and later chapters focus on factors that contribute to successful outcomes and what can be done to improve outcomes for this population. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865692428
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/27/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 174
  • Lexile: 1290L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

FAYE Z. BELGRAVE is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, Virginia.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Contextual Framework
1 Disability and Chronic Illness Among African Americans: An Overview 3
2 Health, Medical, and Rehabilitation Utilization Patterns: Cultural Considerations 15
3 Cultural Influences on Disability and Outcomes 33
Pt. II Adaptive Functioning
4 Factors Contributing to Employment Success Among African Americans with Disabilities 49
5 The Role of Social Support in Adaptive Functioning Among African Americans with Chronic Illnesses and Disabilities 67
6 Intrapersonal Resources for Increasing Adaptive Functioning Among African Americans with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses 87
Pt. III Culturally Congruent Approaches
7 Guidelines for Implementing a Social Support Intervention 101
8 Empowering African Americans Through Increasing Perceptions of Control and Self-efficacy Beliefs 121
9 Conclusions and Directions for Future Work 135
References 143
Index 153
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