A Double-Edged Sword: Race, Daily Family Support Exchanges, and Daily Well-Being

Kelly E. Cichy, Robert S. Stawski, David M. Almeida

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Abstract

This study contributes to research on race and family ties by exploring racial differences in the direct effects of family support exchanges on daily well-being and the extent to which family support buffers/exacerbates stressor reactivity. African Americans and European Americans aged 34 to 84 years (N = 1,931) from the National Study of Daily Experiences reported on family support exchanges (i.e., support received/support provided), daily stressors, and negative affect during 8 days of telephone interviews. On a daily basis, receiving family support was not associated with well-being, whereas providing family support was associated with compromised well-being among African Americans. As expected, receiving family support buffered reactivity to daily tensions for both races, whereas providing emotional support to family exacerbated African Americans’ reactivity to daily tensions. Together, our findings suggest that even after considering the benefits of receiving family support, providing family support takes an emotional toll on African Americans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1824-1845
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Family Issues
Volume35
Issue number13
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 13 2014

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Cichy, Kelly E. ; Stawski, Robert S. ; Almeida, David M. / A Double-Edged Sword : Race, Daily Family Support Exchanges, and Daily Well-Being. In: Journal of Family Issues. 2014 ; Vol. 35, No. 13. pp. 1824-1845.
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In: Journal of Family Issues, Vol. 35, No. 13, 13.11.2014, p. 1824-1845.

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