Psychosocial Aspects of Chronic Illness and Disability among African Americans

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Self-efficacy is also related to social support. Individuals who are high in self-efficacy are likely to have environmental social supports that are reinforcing and culturally congruent. For persons with chronic illnesses and disabilities, the development of efficacious beliefs within a framework of supportive others who provide information to each other and who learn skills from each other is important.


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Using active coping strategies and learning how to access and give social support in a culturally congruent manner can be empowering for African Americans with chronic illnesses and disabilities. In this context, African Americans with disabilities and chronic illnesses can help each other to achieve their desired goals. Once these intrapersonal resources are developed within an individual, family, or community, they become powerful resources. These resources do not cost money. They can be obtained by the powerless and the disenfranchised. They can make a difference in the quality of life for African Americans with disabilities.

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