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Cheryl L. Woods-Giscombé, Marci Lobel, Catherine Zimmer, Crystal Wiley Cené, Giselle Corbie-Smith
Issues in Mental Health Nursing 36(9): 710-717


Research on stress-related health outcomes in African-American women often neglects "network-stress": stress related to events that occur to family, friends, or loved ones. Data from the African-American Women's Well-Being Study were analyzed to examine self-stress and network-stress for occurrence, perceived stressfulness, and association with symptoms of psychological distress. Women reported a higher number of network-stress events compared with self-stress events. Occurrences of network-stress were perceived as undesirable and bothersome as self-stress. Both types of stress were significantly associated with psychological distress symptoms. Including network-stress may provide a more complete picture of the stress experiences of African-American women.