Donald I. Warren
This chapter examines the role of neighbors in helping. It is argued that the roles played by neighbors in problem- centered helping are subtle and multifaceted. In problem- centered helping networks, neighbors help link individuals with other arenas and other resources. Neighbors are relied upon more heavily than most "professional" helpers, but less heavily than spouses, relatives, and friends. Analyses of two national surveys carried out in 1983 and 1984 reconfirmed findings from a Detroit study of a decade earlier concerning the helping roles of neighbors. But they also revealed, from the early 1980s to the mid-1980s, a decrease in reliance on formal public agencies for helping, and an increased reliance on volunteer, nonpublicly funded helpers and informal helpers. These patterns suggest a concordance between shifts in the larger sociopolitical climate and actual patterns of seeking aid or advice for concerns.
This chapter examines helping by neighbors. This helping is considered in the larger context of helping networks, more specifically, problem-anchored helping net-