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ERIC Number: ED470568
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
Pages: 14
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African American's Perceptions of Psychotherapy and Psychotherapists.
Thompson, Vetta L. Sanders; Akbar, Maysa D.; Bazile, Anita
The attitudes and beliefs about utilization of mental health services of 201 African Americans, 18 years and older, are explored. One hundred and thirty-four females and 66 males participated in mixed sex focus groups conducted in an urban, Midwestern city. Discussion probes addressed participant perceptions of psychotherapists and psychotherapy, barriers to treatment seeking, and recommendations for improved service delivery. Focus group responses indicated that depression, schizophrenia, and suicide were considered primary reasons to seek treatment. Participants also noted the need for treatment in cases of drug and alcohol abuse, rape and other acts of violence against women, as well as grief. Key barriers to service utilization included the stigma of mental illness, lack of knowledge, affordability, lack of trust, impersonal service, and lack of cultural understanding and sensitivity. While participants reported that race should not matter, many believed that psychologists lacked sensitivity toward and knowledge of the African American community. There was concern that stereotypes affected therapists' attitudes toward and treatment of African American clients. Recommendations for more culturally sensitive services are provided. (Contains 15 references.) (Author/GCP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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