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Stress and Adaptation in the Context of Culture: Depression in a Southern Black Community / Edition 1

Stress and Adaptation in the Context of Culture: Depression in a Southern Black Community / Edition 1

by William W. Dressler


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ISBN-13: 9780791404140
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 12/28/1991
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 354

About the Author

William W. Dressler, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Behavioral and Community Medicine at the University of Alabama School of Medicine—Tuscaloosa Program.

Table of Contents


1. Studies of Stress and Disease

The Stress Process
Social Class and Mental Disorder
Life Events
Chronic Social Stressors
Resistance Resources
Social Support
Personal Coping Resources
Integrative Studies
Research in the Stress Process: A Critique
Modernization and the Stress Process
Goals of the Present Study

2. Theoretical Orientations in the Study of African-American Culture

Early Studies of the Black Community
The Pathology Perspective
Responses to the Pathology Perspective
Research on Health in the Black Community

3. Methods and the Measurement of Depressive Symptoms

Community Rapport
Qualitative Research Methods
Quantitative Research Operations
The Dependent Variable: Depressive Symptoms
Depressive Epidemiology

4. The Community

Economic Dimensions of the Community

Occupational Class
Style of Life
Predictors of Economic Position

Household and Family Organization

Household Structure
Family Organization
A Multivariate analysis of Household Structure

The Church and Community Organization

The Church
Voluntary Associations and Community Resources

The Civil Rights Movement

Perceptions of Inequality
The Civil Rights Movement


Social Class
Household, Family, and Patterns of Help-seeking
Models of Racism
Intra-cultural Diversity and the Black Community

5. Stressors and the Risk of Depression

Lifestyle Incongruity and Depression
Stressful Life Events and Depression
Unemployment and Depression
Economic Stressors and Depression
Social Role Stressors and Depression
The Patterning of Stressors by Class and Generation

6. Resistance Resouces

Resistance Resources in the Black Community

Social Support
Cultural Resources
Specifying the Effects of Resistance Resources

Context-specific Models of Buffering Effects

The Younger, Lower Economic Class Group
The Younger, Higher Economic Class Group
The Older, Lower Economic Class Group
The Older, Higher Economic Class Group


7. Case Studies

Case Study One
Case Study Two
Case Study Three
Case Study Four
Case Study Five
Case Study Six
Case Study Seven
Case Study Eight

8. Conclusions and Implications

Appendix I: Interview Guide for Ethnographic Research
Appendix II: Survey Interview Schedule
Appendix III: Regression Diagnostics and Alternative Techniques of Model Estimation (with Carolyn J. Bailey)
Appendix IV: Correlation matrices



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