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Help-seeking in the black church: an important connection for social work to make

Author: Bell, T.R. Sr; Bell, J.L
Author Background: Dept. of Social Work, Florida A & M Univ., Tallahassee 32307; e-mail: trbjo@aol.com
Date 1999
Type Journal
Journal Title: Social-Work-and-Christianity
Volume/Pages Fall
Subject Matter Help-seeking; Churches-; Blacks-; Families-; Social-work-education; Social-services
Abstract There is a dearth of literature on the help-seeking behavior of black church members. This review examines: (1) the historical relationship between the black church and black family and their interdependence on one another; (2) the importance of the black pastor; (3) religion and spirituality; (4) and the relationship between the black church and traditional social service agencies. The article concludes by offering some suggestions as to what social service agencies, social work, social work education, and black churches can do to develop cooperative relationships. (Journal abstract, edited.)