African American 's Access For Counseling And Psychological Services

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I aim to analyze the disparity in African American’s access to counseling & psychological services. According to literature such as Andre Bean’s “An examination of factors that contribute to African Americans inability to seek professional psychological help”, Black people under use mental health services. This coupled with an ubiquitous stigma on psychological services impacts how Black people navigate the space of mental health. I am interested in exploring how social media represents the changing attitude of mental health. Furthermore, I am hoping to unpack how the shifting of public discourse influences and materializes policy in providing access to African Americans. Historically, Black Americans have been reluctant to pursue mental health treatment. Bean (2007) details how cultural tensions, Black religiosity, gender role dynamics, and African American history with mental health has lead to current negative perceptions of counseling and psychological services in African American communities. Bean (2007) conducted this study by sampling 194 African American students of Tennessee State University and an additional 94 Black residents of a neighboring community of Nashville, TN. The author’s participants completed tests measuring Cultural Mistrust Inventory (CMI), Religious Orientation Scale (ROS), Gender Role Conflict Scale (GCRS) and Attitudes toward Seeking Professional Psychological Help Scale (ATSPPH). Ultimately, gender roles did significantly correlate to informing
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