Social networks and support: A comparison of African Americans, Asian Americans, Caucasians, and Hispanics

Hyoun Kyoung Kim, Patrick C. McKenry

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Using data from the National Survey of. Families and Households (1988), this study examines cultural variations in social networks and support. The responses of African American (n=2,391), Asian (n=127), Caucasian (n=9,403), and Hispanic (n=1,004) adults were compared, controlling for education. Multivariate analysis of covariance and logistic analysis indicated few cultural differences. However, the three ethnic minority groups were more likely to rely-on parents or children for support as compared to Caucasians; African Americans were more likely to participate in religious organizations; Asian Americans were more likely to be involved in occupational and nationality groups; and Asian Americans and Caucasians were more likely to participate in recreational groups. These findings suggest different strategies for using networks as resources and paths of intervention across cultures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-334
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Comparative Family Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Dec 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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