Over the course of an African American’s lifetime, mental health care needs change according to an individual’s unique interactions with his or her environment. Mental Health Care in the African-American Community uses this perspective to provide a deeper analysis of factors and issues affecting the mental health of African Americans. This comprehensive text provides a current and historical analysis of the impact of mental health research, policy, community, and clinical practice from a life course perspective. Stressing evidence-based practice as an expanded way to think and talk about individualizing and translating evidence into a given practice situation, this valuable book provides a social work context for all helping professions.
Mental Health Care in the African-American Community provides the helping community with non-traditional, expanded ways of thinking and intervening in the mental health needs and care of African Americans. Organized logically, this complex subject presents data in a user-friendly way that engages the reader, and provides chapter summaries and suggested group/classroom activities to facilitate understanding. This text is extensively referenced and includes figures and tables to clearly illustrate data.
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Mental Health Care in the African-American Community is a valuable textbook for practitioners; administrators; researchers; policymakers; educators; and students in social work, psychology, mental health services, case management, and community planning.
About the Editors. Contributors. Foreword. Acknowledgments. Introduction. PART I: A Historical Overview and Contextual Factors. Chapter 1. African-American Mental Health: A Historical Perspective. Chapter 2. A Conceptual and Theoretical Framework for Understanding African-American Mental Health. Chapter 3. Mental Health Intervention and the Black Community. PART II: Mental Health Interventions for Current Issues Impacting the Black Community. Chapter 4. Mental Health Services in Group Homes and Foster Care Services. Chapter 5. African-American Women and Depression: The Intersection of Race and Gender. Chapter 6. Mental Health Challenges for Incarcerated African-American Women. Chapter 7. Prevalence of Substance Abuse Within the African-American Community: Mental Health Implications and Interventions. PART III: The Consumers of Mental Health Services over the Life Course. Chapter 8. Poverty, Special Education, and ADHD. Chapter 9. War on African-American Girls: Overcoming Adversities. Chapter 10. Suicide and Young African-American Males. Chapter 11. Social Supports of Elderly African Americans with Mental Health Concerns. PART IV: Mental Health Research, Policy Initiatives, and Evidence-Based Practice. Chapter 12. Conceptualizing Soul As a Mental Health Resource in the Black Community. Chapter 13. Mental Health Policy: Implications for African Americans. Chapter 14. Rural African-American Families and Their Mental Health Needs: South Carolina As an Exemplar. Chapter 15. Kinship Care As a Mental Health Intervention for African-American Families. Chapter 16. Mental Health Needs of Multiethnic Families and Children. PART V: Implications for an Integrated, Holistic Approach to Mental Health Services. Chapter 17. African-American Males and the Rites of Passage Experience. Chapter 18. African-American Women: Mental Health and HIV/AIDS. Chapter 19. Counseling African-American Students at a Predominately White University: The Role of Stereotype Threat. Chapter 20. Understanding Mental Health Conditions: An African-Centered Perspective. Epilogue. The Healing Spirit of Our Ancestors: A Look Toward the Future. Index.