Title

African American Pastors and Traditional Professional Mental Health Services: An Investigation of the Influence of Worldview on Perceptions and Engagement

Publication Date

5-2015

Abstract

For decades, research has consistently shown that African Americans underutilize traditional professional mental health services. Similarly, African American clergy have historically demonstrated hesitance towards these resources, opting to address their parishioners’ mental health needs on their own. Recent studies examining African American clergy’s perceptions of professional psychological resources, their preferred counseling approaches, and the rates and nature of their referral patterns have revealed that while African American clergy are more open to mental health resources than in the past, inconsistencies between their worldview and the philosophies undergirding these resources may contribute to the wedge that still exists. In order to examine this phenomenon more closely, this study will explore the relationship between African American clergy’s worldview and their perceptions of traditional professional mental health services. The purpose of this study is to assist professional mental health workers in becoming a more relevant and competent resource for African American clergy and the African American church community as a whole.

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)

First Advisor

Lee, Cameron

Document Type

Dissertation

Language

English

Keywords

African Americans, Mental health services, African American clergy, African American churches

Disciplines

Psychology

Comments

Public Access: If you attend a college or university, you may be granted access for free through your school library subscription to ProQuest Theses & Dissertations. Copies may be available for purchase via ProQuest Dissertations Publishing https://dissexpress.proquest.com/search.html

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Embargo Period

11-27-2018

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