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1984

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An Exploratory Study Of Noninstitutionalized Black Urban Elderly Living In Age-Homogenous Apartments In Detroit, Michigan And Their Informal Social Support Systems , Beverly Yvonne Claxton Peoples Jan 1984

An Exploratory Study Of Noninstitutionalized Black Urban Elderly Living In Age-Homogenous Apartments In Detroit, Michigan And Their Informal Social Support Systems , Beverly Yvonne Claxton Peoples

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Much of what is known about informal social support and functional/interactional needs of the elderly comes from studies done on white middle-class populations. The purpose of this research study was to identify the primary groups that noninstitutionalized, black elderly living in federally subsidized age-homogenous residential apartments located in Detroit, Michigan perceived as being instrumental components in their informal social support system. Elderly persons go from being a totally independent person to being partially independent and mutually interdependent based upon the support given to them by family, friends and neighbors. Therefore, a functional informal social support system must be available ...