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ERIC Number: EJ1149010
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1938-2243
Practitioners' Perceptions of Culturally Responsive School-Based Mental Health Services for Low-Income African American Girls
Harper, Erin; Kruger, Ann Cale; Hamilton, Chela; Meyers, Joel; Truscott, Stephen D.; Varjas, Kris
School Psychology Forum, v10 n1 p16-28 Spr 2016
School-based mental health practitioners are positioned to address low-income urban African American girls' mental health needs through culturally responsive services. Despite the importance of culturally reflective practice, it is understudied. We asked school-based mental health practitioners (N = 7) to reflect on barriers and facilitators to culturally responsive services and on their perceptions of the African American girls they serve. In-depth interview data were analyzed using an inductive-deductive model. Major themes were discerned using pattern analysis. Participants described exposure to violence, limited trusting relationships, depression, and low self-esteem as girls' main problems but saw girls as resilient despite limited access to mental health supports. Perceived barriers to mental health service provision included limited resources and higher prioritization of academic achievement. Although participants reported limited diversity training, they reported using culturally responsive strategies. Participants indicated a need for more collaboration and training to meet girls' needs. We discuss implications for practitioners.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A