Underlying Mechanisms in the Relationship Between Africentric Worldview and Depressive Symptoms

Enrique W. Neblett, Wizdom Powell Hammond, Eleanor K. Seaton, Tiffany G. Townsend

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This study examines underlying mechanisms in the relationship between an Africentric worldview and depressive symptoms. Participants were 112 African American young adults. An Africentric worldview buffered the association between perceived stress and depressive symptoms. The relationship between an Africentric worldview and depressive symptoms was mediated by perceived stress and emotion-focused coping. These findings highlight the protective function of an Africentric worldview in the context of African Americans' stress experiences and psychological health and offer promise for enhancing African American mental health service delivery and treatment interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-113
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Counseling Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010
Externally publishedYes



  • Africentric worldview
  • coping
  • depression
  • resilience
  • stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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