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Linda M. Chatters

Paula Allen-Meares Collegiate Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work, Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health, and Faculty Associate, Research Center for Group Dynamics, ISR

Linda M. Chatters is a professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health and professor in the School of Social Work. She is a faculty associate with the Program for Research on Black Americans at the Institute for Social Research and the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health. The focus of Dr. Chatters' research is the study of adult development and aging in relation to the mental and physical health status and functioning of older persons in a variety of social contexts (i.e., the family, church, and community). She is also interested in religious involvement among African Americans and the independent effects of religious, personal, and social status factors on personal well-being. Dr. Chatters' research is supported by grants from the National Institute on Aging. Dr. Chatters is a Fellow, Behavioral and Social Sciences Section of The Gerontological Society of America and has been designated by Thomson-ISI as a Highly Cited Researcher in the Category of General Social Sciences.

Dr. Chatters co-edited Family Life in Black America (1997) and Aging in Black America (1993) and is co-author of the book, Religion in the Lives of African Americans: Social, Psychological and Health Perspectives (2004). Other areas of research/scholarly interest: family social support networks and intergenerational family relationships, the impact of social support and negative interaction impact on well-being and psychological distress. Recent articles include "Use of complementary and alternative medicines for mental and substance use disorders: A comparison of African Americans, Black Caribbeans, and non-Hispanic Whites" in Psychiatric Services; "Use of clergy services among individual seeking treatment for alcohol use problems" in The American Journal on Addictions; "Demographic correlates of psychological well-being and distress among older African Americans and Caribbean Black adults" in Best Practices in Mental Health: An International Journal; and "Emotional support, negative interaction and DSM IV lifetime disorders among older African Americans: Findings from the National Survey of American Life (NSAL) in International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Research Interests/Focus

Religious involvement and well-being, social support networks of adult/elderly African Americans, intergenerational family relations, families and health.

Curriculum Vitae

Education

Year Degree   School
1983 PhD Psychology University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1977 Certificate Specialist in Aging Institute of Gerontology, University of Michigan - Wayne State University
1975 AB Psychology University of California, Berkeley

Taylor, R. J., Forsythe-Brown, I., Lincoln, K. D. & Chatters, L. M. (2017). Extended family support networks of Caribbean black adults in the United States. Journal of Family Issues, 38(4), 522-546.

Himle, J. A., Taylor, R. J., Nguyen, A. W., Williams, M. T., Lincoln, K. D., Taylor, H. O., & Chatters, L. M. (2017). Family and friendship networks and obsessive-compulsive disorder among African Americans and Black Caribbeans. The Behavior Therapist, 40(30), 99.

Taylor, R. J., Chatters, L. M., Lincoln, K. D., & Woodward, A. T. (2017). Church-based exchanges of informal social support among African Americans. Race and Social Problems, 9(1), 53-62.

Nguyen, A. W., Taylor, R. J., Chatters, L. M., Taylor, H. O., Lincoln, K. D., & Mitchell, U. A. (2017). Extended family and friendship support and suicidality among African Americans. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 52, 299-309.

Mouzon, D. M., Taylor, R. J., Woodward, A. T., & Chatters, L. M. (2017). Everyday racial discrimination, everyday non-racial discrimination, and physical health among African Americans. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 26(1-2), 68-80.

Nguyen, A. W., Chatters, L. M., Taylor, R. J., Levine, D. S., & Himle, J. A., Vogel, P. A., & Himle, J. A. (2017). Family, friends, and 12-Month PTSD among African Americans. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 51, 1149-1157.

Mouzon, D. M., Taylor, R. J., Keith, V. M., Nicklett, E. J., & Chatters, L. M. (2017). Discrimination and psychiatric disorders among older African Americans. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 32, 175-182.

Nguyen, A. W., Chatters, L. M., & Taylor, R. J. (2016). African American extended family and church‐based social network typologies. Family Relations, 65(5), 701-715.

Nguyen, A. W., Taylor, R. J., & Chatters, L. M. (2016). Church-based social support among Caribbean Blacks in the United States. Review of Religious Research, 58(3), 385-406.

Taylor, R. J., Taylor, H. O., & Chatters, L. M. (2016). Social isolation from extended family members and friends among African-Americans: Findings from a national survey. Journal of Family Social Work, 19, 443-461.

Taylor, R. J., Mouzon, D. M., Nguyen, A. W., & Chatters, L. M. (2016). Reciprocal family, friendship and church support networks of African Americans: Findings from the National Survey of American Life. Race and Social Problems, 8(4), 326-339.

Nguyen, A. W., Chatters, L. M., Taylor, R. J., & Mouzon, D. M. (2016). Social support from family and friends and subjective well-being of older African Americans. Journal of Happiness Studies, 17(3), 959-979.

Mouzon, D. M., Taylor, R. J., Nguyen, A. W., & Chatters, L. M. (2016). Serious psychological distress among African Americans: Findings from the National Survey of American Life. Journal of Community Psychology, 44(6), 765-780.

Yoon, H., Chatters, L., Kao, T. S, Saint-Arnault, D., & Northouse, L. (2016). Factors affecting quality of life for Korean American cancer survivors. Oncology Nursing Forum, 43(3), E132-E142.

Chatters, L., Taylor, R. J., Woodward, A., & Nicklett, E. J. (2015). Social support from church and family members and depressive symptoms among older African Americans. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 23, 559-567.

Taylor, R. J., Chae, D. H., Lincoln, K. D. & Chatters, L. M. (2015). Extended family and friendship support networks are both protective and risk factors for major depressive disorder, and depressive symptoms among African Americans and Black Carribbeans. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 203(2), 132-140.

Woodward, A. T., Chatters, L. M., Taylor, H. O. & Taylor, R. J. (2015). Professional service use for a serious personal problem: Comparing older African Americans, Black Caribbeans, and non-Hispanic Whites using the National Survey of American Life. Journal of Aging and Health, 27, 755-774.

Brown, R. K., Taylor, R. J., & Chatters, L. M. (2015). Race/Ethnic and social-demographic correlates of religious non-involvement in America: Findings from three national surverys. Journal of Black Studies, 46, 335-362.

Levine, D. S., Taylor, R. J., Nyugen, A., Chatters, L. M., & Himle, J. A. (2015). Family and friendship informal support networks and social anxiety disorder among African Americans and black Caribbeans. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 50, 1121-1133.

Taylor, R. J., Chatters, L. M., & Brown, R. K. (2014). African American religious participation. Review of Religious Research, 56(4), 513-538.

Peterson, T. L., Chatters, L. M., Taylor, R. J., & Nguyen, A. W. (2014). Subjective well-being of older African Americans with DSM IV psychiatric disorders. Journal of Happiness Studies, 15, 1179-1196.

Joe, S., Ford, B. C., Taylor, R. J., & Chatters, L. M. (2014). Prevalence of suicide ideation and attempts among Black Americans in later life. Transcultural Psychiatry, 51, 190-208.

Taylor, R. J., Forsythe-Brown, I., Taylor, H. O., & Chatters, L. M. (2014). Patterns of emotional social support and negative interactions among African American and Black Caribbean extended families. Journal of African American Studies, 18(2), 147-163.

Lincoln, K. D., Chatters, L. M., & Taylor, R. J. (2013). Church-based negative interactions among older African Americans, Caribbean blacks and non-Hispanic whites. In M. Silverstein & R. Giarrusso (Eds.), Kinship and Cohort in an Aging Society: From Generation to Generation. Johns Hopkins University Press.

Taylor, R. J., Hernandez, E., Nicklett, E., Taylor H. O., & Chatters, L. M. (2013). Informal social support networks of African American, Hispanic, Asian American, and Native American older adults. In K. E. Whitfield and T. A. Baker (Eds.), Handbook of Minority Aging 417-434. New York, NY: Springer.

Nguyen, A. W., Taylor, R. J., Chatters, L. M., Ahuvia, A., Izberk-Bilgin, E., & Lee, F. (2013). Mosque-based emotional support among young Muslim Americans. Review of Religious Research, 55(4), 535-555.

Lincoln, K. D., Taylor, R. J., & Chatters, L. M. (2013). Correlates of emotional support and negative interaction among African Americans and Caribbean Blacks. Journal of Family Issues, 34, 1262-1290.

Brown, R. K., Taylor, R. J., & Chatters, L. M. (2013). Religious non-involvement among African Americans, Black Caribbeans and non-Hispanic whites: Findings from the National Survey of American Life. Review of Religious Research, 55, 435-457.

Taylor, R. J., Chatters, L. M., Woodward, A. T., & Brown, E. (2013). Racial and ethnic differences in extended family, friendship, fictive kin and congregational informal support networks. Family Relations, 62, 609-624.

Taylor, R. J., Nguyen, A. W., Sinkewicz, M., Joe, S., & Chatters, L. M. (2013). Co-morbid mood and anxiety disorders, suicidal behavior and substance abuse among Black Caribbeans in the United States. Journal of African American Studies, 17(4), 409-425.

Taylor, R. J., Chatters, L. M., & Nguyen, A. (2013). Religious participation and DSM IV Major Depressive Disorder among Black Caribbeans in the United States. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 15, 903-909.

Nguyen, A., Taylor, R. J., Peterson, T., & Chatters, L. M. (2013). Health, disability, psychological well-being and depressive symptoms among older African American women. Women, Gender, and Families of Color, 1, 105-123.

Thornton, M. C., Taylor, R. J., & Chatters, L. M. (2013). African American and Black Caribbean mutual feelings of closeness: Findings from a national probability survey. Journal of Black Studies, 44, 798-828.

Chatters, L. M., Nguyen, A. W., & Taylor, R. J. (2013). Religion and spirituality among older African Americans, Asians, and Hispanics. In K. E. Whitfield and T. A. Baker (Eds.), Handbook of Minority Aging. New York: Springer.

Lincoln, K. D., Chatters, L. M., & Taylor, R. J. (2010). Church-based negative interaction among older African Americans, Caribbean Blacks and non-Hispanic Whites. In M. Silverstein & R. Giarrusso (Eds.), From Generation to Generation: Continuity and Discontinuity in Aging Families. Johns Hopkins Press.

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