What Would You Do? Racial Differences in Mental Health Coping Strategies

dc.contributor.advisorAnderson, Kathryn F.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberOyarvide Tuthill, Zelma
dc.contributor.committeeMemberGallagher, Matthew W.
dc.creatorHart, Darralyn Nicole
dc.date.accessioned2023-06-14T16:32:41Z
dc.date.available2023-06-14T16:32:41Z
dc.date.createdMay 2023
dc.date.issued2023-05-16
dc.date.updated2023-06-14T16:32:42Z
dc.description.abstractPersonal mental health coping mechanisms are both social and individual behaviors that relieve stress and other negative emotions. They are considered alternative to formal coping strategies due to the fact that they are not used under the guide of a mental health professional or in combination with therapy and medicine. Evidence shows that overall, black Americans use formal mental health therapy and medicine the least compared to other races and ethnicities, especially whites. What is lacking in the literature is an understanding of willingness to utilize traditional mental health services, as well as alternative coping strategies, both across different races/ethnicities and across different groups of blacks. Using a 2022 survey of Houston, Texas residents, I explore racial and ethnic differences in both formal and personal coping mechanisms, such as exercise, social networks, and religion through binary logistic regressions. The main finding of this study is that the largest differences in willingness to use coping strategies (both traditional and personal) varies more across racial groups rather than within the black community. Also, more than other racial groups, blacks are more likely to utilize religious services as a mental health strategy. This paper provides foundations for future policy and research concerning willingness to use mental health services and coping strategies both across racial groups and within the black community.
dc.description.departmentSociology, Department of
dc.format.digitalOriginborn digital
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10657/14514
dc.language.isoeng
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dc.subjectBlack
dc.subjectBlack Americans
dc.subjectMental health
dc.subjectEquity
dc.subjectInequality
dc.subjectMental health coping mechanisms
dc.subjectRacial disparities
dc.titleWhat Would You Do? Racial Differences in Mental Health Coping Strategies
dc.type.dcmiText
dc.type.genreThesis
thesis.degree.collegeCollege of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
thesis.degree.departmentSociology, Department of
thesis.degree.disciplineSociology
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Houston
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts

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