ERIC Number: EJ927962
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
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Understanding the Experience of Black Clients in Marriage and Family Therapy
Awosan, Christiana I.; Sandberg, Jonathan G.; Hall, Cadmona A.
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, v37 n2 p153-168 Apr 2011
Past research on Black clients' utilization of therapy focused on the barriers that prevent Black clients from attending therapy and the reasons for these barriers. However, few studies have been conducted that focus on how Black clients attending therapy actually experience these barriers. This study utilized both Likert and open-ended questions to examine the obstacles 16 Black clients face in their attempts to attend family therapy. The most frequently identified obstacles were related to concerns over family member response and cultural barriers to therapy. Participants also reported concerns about racial and/or cultural differences and a lack of understanding by non-Black therapists. The implications of this study addressed how to effectively meet the therapeutic needs of Black clients.
Descriptors: Counselor Attitudes, Cultural Differences, Family Counseling, Therapy, African Americans, Marriage Counseling, Barriers, Racial Differences, Counseling
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