There has been a significant gap in research involving African Americans families and mental health services. Additionally, many barriers impact the lack of engagement of African American families within the mental health field. This study sought to understand the factors that prevent many African American mothers from seeking mental health services for their children. The intent was to bring awareness to a needed topic and underrepresented population while offering support for the African American family. The Framework Integrating Normative Influences of Stigma (FINIS) was explored to highlight the influence of stigma on the intentions of obtaining mental health services. Also, role theory was used better to explain the help-seeking intentions of African American mothers. The current study examined the relationship between stigma and African American mothers' intention to seek mental health services for their children. Survey questionnaires were used to test the effectiveness of the intervention. Participants included 157 African American mothers who lived in the United States. The mothers were all participants in a psychoeducational intervention created to promote mental health help-seeking within the African American family. This study identified barriers and stigmas that contributed to the lack of engagement of African American mothers. To analyze the data, a MANCOVA was used. Results from the MANCOVA indicated that despite efforts to create a culturally appropriate intervention, the intervention was not successful in reducing those beliefs or increasing the likelihood of participants seeking mental health services. Potential factors for this ineffective intervention are noted, along with the limitations of the analysis, and the directions that future research may take.
|Commitee:||Harris, Rodney, Sherrod, Jarmese|
|School:||The Chicago School of Professional Psychology|
|Department:||Counselor Education and Supervision|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/4(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Womens studies, Individual & family studies, African American Studies, Public policy, Public administration, Sociology|
|Keywords:||African American children and mental health, African American mothers and mental health, Mental health and African Americans, Stigma and help-seeking, Mental health intervention, Framework Integrating Normative Influences of Stigma, Culturally appropriate intervention, MANCOVA|
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