Racial Identity, Religiosity, and Stigma Toward Counseling Among African American Men
Research lacks answers for reasons why African American men neglect their mental health. The small amount of research that does provide some answers for Black men is in comparison to White Americans and other minorities. The purpose of this study is to pinpoint the specific reasons why African American men do not utilize counseling services and how they feel about the services provided if they have used them. This study asked research questions related to counseling services, cultural representation, family influences, economic status, religion, and masculine norms. Hypothesis 1 examined stronger racial identity and its association with more mental health stigma and hypothesis 2 examined stronger religious beliefs and its association with more mental health stigma. Two hundred nine African American men completed an online survey that tested their attitudes toward mental health services in reference to their racial identity and religious beliefs. The results of hypothesis 1 showed that the more positive the racial identity, the less stigma there is about receiving mental health services. The results of hypothesis 2 showed that the more religious the participant, the more there was stigma perceived toward mental health. Counselors should use this study to incorporate more religious practices into counseling services.
Psychology|Sociology|African American Studies|Gender studies
"Racial Identity, Religiosity, and Stigma Toward Counseling Among African American Men"
ETD Collection for Tennessee State University.