Urban/Rural Differences in the Structure and Consequences of Social Support

  • Suzanne T. Ortega
  • David R. Johnson
Part of the Topics in Social Psychiatry book series (TSPS)


Perhaps no pattern in psychiatric epidemiology has received as much attention as the inverse relationship between socioeconomic variables such as poverty and unemployment, and mental disorder. Nevertheless, the relationship between economic and psychological distress can scarcely be described as invariant; the extensive literature on social support makes it clear that an individual’s coping resources modify the relationship between negative economic events and mental health. Curiously, researchers on coping and support have not made a sustained effort to identify cultural or structural variables that may further impact the association between economic and social resources and psychological well-being.


Mental Health Social Support Rural Resident Economic Hardship Community Size 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Suzanne T. Ortega
    • 1
  • David R. Johnson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of Nebraska-LincolnLincolnUSA

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