Social Support in Its Cultural Context

  • Peggye Dilworth-Anderson
  • Sheree Marshall
Part of the The Springer Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)


Understanding social support within a cultural context requires knowledge of the culture in which support is given and received. This chapter focuses on cultural factors that shape giving and receiving social support among African-American, Hispanic-American, Asian-American, and Native American families. Although these groups are a part of American society, they also function within distinct cultural boundaries that define and provide them with an identity that is uniquely different from the identity of those who are not a part of their group’s culture. Findings suggest that their history, social position, minority group status, and entrance into American society have played major roles in shaping their cultural definition and identity.


Social Support Cultural Context Adult Child Social Support System Family Social Support 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peggye Dilworth-Anderson
    • 1
  • Sheree Marshall
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Human Development and Family StudiesUniversity of North Carolina at GreensboroGreensboroUSA

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