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Integration of a Holistic Westernized Perspective in Delivering Mental Health Treatment for Nigerian Clients
by Disu, Shirley, Psy.D., California Southern University, 2018, 140; 10973796
Abstract (Summary)

Mental health stigmatization has a strong lingering effect on individuals and the community within collectivist societies (Papadopoulos, Foster, & Caldwell, 2013). In Nigeria and among Nigerian descendants, mental health is seen as a low priority due to an array of reasons (Esan, Abdumalik, Eaton, Kola, Fadahunsi, & Gureje, 2014). The purpose of this research study was to change the perception of mental health within the Nigerian community by restructuring the mental health paradigm and integrating westernized cultural receptive behavioral health treatment. A theoretical systematic literature review was conducted from medical and social service peer-reviewed journals. The eclectic psychotherapy theoretical framework was uti lized to ensure that this study was culturally reflective. Using the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses flowchart and checklist along with the theoretical methodology literature map, allowed for a greater analysis of the data. Themes from the study included: prevalence of mental health diagnoses, mental health governance, origin of mental health disorders, and treatment options for mental health treatment. Results found that the need for affordable and accessible mental health needs are greatly needed and there are many developments that must occur to place mental health care at a higher priority status. A significant finding of the theoretical study was the heavy impact culture has on mental health beliefs and utilization of care. Overall, mental health has to be reconstructed in Nigeria on national, community, educational, and health service levels in order to promote positive psychological wellness for the Nigerian community.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Paniagua, Eileen
Commitee: Miller, Nancy, Ortega, Carolyn
School: California Southern University
Department: School of Behavioral Sciences
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 81/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology, African Studies, Mental health
Keywords: Collectivist societies, Medical cultural competency, Mental health stigma, Nigerian behavioral health, Psychoanalysis, Psychological well-being
Publication Number: 10973796
ISBN: 9798645464509
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