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About the Contributors ix Preface xiii PART I INTRODUCTION 1 A Conceptual Model of Mental Well-Being for African American Women Diane R. Brown i PART II MENTAL HEALTH AND MENTAL ILLNESS AMONG AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN 2 The Epidemiology of Mental Disorders and Mental Health Among African American Women Diane R. Brown and Verna M. Keith 23 3 Changing their Minds: Drug Abuse and Addiction in Black Women Lula A. Beatty 59 PART III RACE, GENDER, AND CULTURAL INFLUENCES ON THE MENTAL WELL-BEING OF AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN 4 (Dis)Respected and (Dis)Regarded: Experiences of Racism and Psychological Distress Diane R. Brown, Verna M. Keith, James S. Jackson, and Lawrence E. Gary 83 5 Violence and Mental Health Evelyn L. Barbee 99 6 Color Matters: The Importance of Skin Tone for African American Women's Self-Concept in Black and White America Verna M. Keith and Maxine S. Thompson 116 PART IV SOCIAL ROLES, SOCIAL STATUSES, AND THE MENTAL WELL-BEING OF AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN 7 Intimate Relationships and Psychological Well-Being M. Belinda Tucker 139 8 Low-Income Single Black Mothers: The Influence of Nonresident Fathers' Presence on Mental Well-Being Aurora P. Jackson 160 9 Sho' Me the Money: The Relationship Between Social Class and Mental Health Among Married Black Women Pamela B. Jackson 173 10 Life Ain't Been No Crystal Stair: Employment, Job Conditions, and Life Satisfaction Among African American Women Anna L. Riley and Verna M. Keith 191 11 Multiple Social Roles and Multiple Stressors for Black Women Diane R. Brown and Donna L. Cochran 207 PART V KEEPING ON ... KEEPING ON 12 Keeping the Faith: Religion, Stress, and Psychological Well-Being Among African American Women Karen D. Lincoln and Linda M. Chatters 223 13 The Benefits and Costs of Social Support for African American Women Beverly A. Gray and Verna M. Keith 242 14 Patterns of Mental Health Services Utilization Among Black Women Cleopatra H. Caldwell 258 PART VI CONCLUSION 15 In and Out of Our Right Minds: Strengths, Vulnerabilities, and the Mental Well-Being of African American Women Verna M. Keith 277 Index 293Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: African American women Mental health