Needs and preferences for receiving mental health information in an African American focus group sample

Shiraz I. Mishra, Alicia Lucksted, Deborah Gioia, Beth Barnet, Claudia R. Baquet

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to better understand the mental health/illness information and service delivery preferences among African American residents of Baltimore. We conducted four focus groups (n = 42) among African American adults currently unconnected with the mental health system. Participants expressed fear of stigma and perceptions of racism as major barriers to seeking information and/or services and discussed some normalizing strategies to address these barriers. African Americans harbor cultural and traditional beliefs regarding mental illness which could also act as barriers. Findings have implications for imparting acceptable and culturally sensitive mental health education and service delivery programs in community settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-126
Number of pages10
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Volume45
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Health information
  • Help-seeking
  • Mental health
  • Minority health
  • Qualitative research
  • Stigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Health(social science)

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