ERIC Number: ED367918
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Aug-18
Reference Count: N/A
African American Men: Psychotherapeutic Process as a Coping Style.
Canillas, Gregorio J.
This paper presents a review of the literature on African-American men and the psychotherapeutic process as a coping style. It describes the demographics of African-American men in treatment, reasons for seeking treatment, and common issues being presented in the psychotherapeutic session. Research suggesting that African-American men underutilize mental health services is presented, along with more recent research which suggests that African-American men do seek treatment for work-related issues and depression. Many of these issues are related to unconscious conflicts concerning passivity and aggression, and that many African-American men reported racism to be a causative factor in the development of their problems. It is hypothesized that African-American men enter treatment as a result of the impact of a racist society and/or to develop more effective coping mechanisms. This paper explores adaptive coping mechanism utilized by African-American men. The important of understanding the impact of the social, political, and economic environment on developing adaptive coping mechanisms in African-American men is highlighted. Ways to help African-American men develop adaptive coping mechanisms are considered. It is recommended that future research focus on adaptive coping mechanisms used by this population as they have significant implications for the treatment of African-American men. (NB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: African Americans
Note: Paper presented at the American Psychological Association Conference (Washington, DC, August 14-18, 1992).