“Too Blessed to be Stressed”: A Rural Faith Community’s Views of African-American Males and Depression
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Among African-Americans, the faith community has a long history of providing support to its members. Because African-American men tend to delay and decline traditional depression treatment, the faith community may be an effective source of support. The aim of this study was to determine how a rural African-American faith community describes and perceives experiences of depression among African-American males. A convenience sample of 24 men and women participated in focus groups and interview. Four themes were identified: defining depression, etiology of depression, denial of depression, and effect of masculine roles on depression experience.
KeywordsAfrican-American males Depression Faith Community Health disparities
The funding received for the study was from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, AHEC Pilot Grant. Support was received from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Translational Research Institute (UL1RR029884) and the KL2 Scholar Program (KL2RR029883). UAMS Office of Grants and Scientific Publications provided the authors editing services.
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