Race and Social Problems

, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 241–251 | Cite as

Seeking Help from Clergy Among Black Caribbeans in the United States

  • Robert Joseph TaylorEmail author
  • Amanda Toler Woodward
  • Linda M. Chatters
  • Jacqueline S. Mattis
  • James S. Jackson


This study examined use of clergy for serious personal problems within a representative sample of US black Caribbean adults from the National Survey of American Life. Logistic regression analysis was used and confirmed the importance of problem type, church involvement, and nativity as correlates of clergy use. Findings for black Caribbeans indicate similarities, as well as important departures from prior research on the correlates of clergy assistance among African Americans. These and other findings confirm the position of black Caribbeans as a distinctive ethnic subgroup within the general black population in the United States.


West Indians Afro-Caribbeans Ministers Religion Help-seeking Clergy Mental health African American Service utilization 



The preparation of this manuscript was supported by grants from the National Institute on Institute of Mental Health to Dr. Chatters (R01-MH084963) and to Drs. Chatters and Taylor (R01-MH082807) and from the National Institute on Aging to Drs. Jackson and Taylor (R01-AG15281). The data on which this study is based are supported by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH; U01-MH57716) with supplemental support from the Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the University of Michigan.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Joseph Taylor
    • 1
    Email author
  • Amanda Toler Woodward
    • 2
  • Linda M. Chatters
    • 1
    • 3
  • Jacqueline S. Mattis
    • 4
  • James S. Jackson
    • 5
  1. 1.School of Social WorkUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.School of Social WorkMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  3. 3.School of Public HealthUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  4. 4.Steinhardt School of EducationNew York UniversityNew YorkUSA
  5. 5.Institute for Social ResearchUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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