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Mental health utilization among African Americans: The relationship between attitudes towards seeking professional help and coping responses
by Smart, Joycelyn S., M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 96; 1486678
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this research was to examine the relationship between African American adults' attitudes towards seeking professional help and their coping responses. A 66 question self-administered questionnaire was given to 54 African American men and women. The relationship between variables was analyzed using Pearsons' r correlation. Results of this study revealed that African Americans generally held unfavorable attitudes towards seeking professional help. When respondents reported unfavorable attitudes towards seeking professional help, they reported being less willing to confide intimate information to a mental health professional, more willing to live with certain mental conflicts than go through the perceived difficulty of getting counseling help, and a belief that certain problems should not be discussed outside one's family. However, respondents reported finding comfort in their religion or spiritual beliefs as a means to cope with stressful life events, seeking comfort and understanding from someone, and having a willingness to say things to let their unpleasant feelings escape, when positive attitudes towards seeking professional help were reported. Implications for social work practice and future research are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lam, Brian
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: African American Studies, Black studies, Mental health, Social work
Publication Number: 1486678
ISBN: 978-1-124-27722-6
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