The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological study was to explore the lived experiences of African American men between the ages of 18 and 75 living with depression. Research participants included 14 African American males living in a large southeastern city. Data were collected using semi-structured individual interviews, a focus group, and an artifact collection, which provided for triangulation of the data. Four emergent themes with multiple sub-themes were identified. Those themes were (a) acknowledging something is wrong in their lives, (b) denial, avoidance and lack of awareness, (c) dealing with depressions, and (d) reflections on seeking help. The results of this study provided information on the lived experiences of African American men living with depression addressing a gap in the current research literature. The following recommendations were identified based on the data: (a) increase the number of culturally sensitive African American mental health professionals in colleges, hospitals, community mental health agencies and emergency rooms; (b) couple training around depression for African American communities using a psycho-social educational model with mental health campaigns on depression; (c) encourage mental health professions to work through their church to provide mental health services, (d) provide Pro Bono work for African American communities; and (e) colleges and universities should actively recruit more African Americans for counselor training programs.
|Advisor:||Ogletree, Susan L.|
|Commitee:||Cunningham, Laura, Iverson, Janice|
|School Location:||United States -- Florida|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Counseling Psychology, African literature, African American Studies|
|Keywords:||African American men, Black Men, Counseling, Depression, Psychology|
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