Family Structure and Mental Health in Urban Guyana
Article first published online: 23 DEC 2008
Copyright 1992, American Anthropological Association.
Central Issues in Anthropology
Volume 10, Issue 1, pages 117–126, January 1992
How to Cite
Wilson, L. C., Williams, D. R. and Wilkins, K. (1992), Family Structure and Mental Health in Urban Guyana. Central Issues in Anthropology, 10: 117–126. doi: 10.1525/cia.1918.104.22.168
- Issue published online: 23 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 23 DEC 2008
- mental health;
- Caribbean family;
- psychological factors;
- outcomes of family structure;
- social support;
- socioeconomic status
While there is much descriptive information on the structural features of the Caribbean family, little data exists on mental health outcomes that may be associated with these structures. Using a sample of 654 adults from urban Guyana, this study explores the extent to which family structure is related to psychological distress. The analyses indicate that female heads of household report more depressive symptoms than women in simple nuclear settings. Sociodemographic and psychosocial factors are more consistently related to mental health than family structure.