Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of Social Work

Degree Name


First Advisor

Professor Hattie Mitchell


The objective of this study was to determine if there was a difference between the perceptions of elderly African American men and women regarding social support systems. To obtain this objective the researcher conducted an exploratory descriptive research design. A self-administered 31 item questionnaire was given to fifteen elderly African American men and fifteen African American women in rural North Carolina. A non-probability convenience sample was used for this population.

The null hypothesis of this study were rejected at the .05 level of significance. The results of this study revealed that the elderly had a strong perception of social support systems. They felt loved by and involved with family, friends and others. The study did not reveal any statistical significant difference between the two groups of elderly.

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