Exploring the theoretical and philosophical frameworks that influence private practitioners' mental health treatment of middle-class African- American women, 2010

Collection:
Atlanta University and Clark Atlanta University Theses and Dissertations
Title:
Exploring the theoretical and philosophical frameworks that influence private practitioners' mental health treatment of middle-class African- American women, 2010
Creator:
Williams, Aisha D.
Contributor to Resource:
Counts-Spriggs, Margaret
Tucker-Brown, Aisha
Farris, Kimberly
Date of Original:
2010-12-01
Subject:
Degrees, Academic
Dissertations, Academic
Location:
United States, Georgia, Fulton County, Atlanta, 33.749, -84.38798
Medium:
dissertations
theses
Type:
Text
Format:
application/pdf
Description:
Degree Type: dissertation
Degree Name: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Date of Degree: 2010
Granting Institution: Clark Atlanta University
Department/ School: School of Social Work, Social Work Policy Planning and Administration
The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the theoretical philosophical frameworks, treatment, engagement, and diagnostic approaches of private practice therapists who treat middle-class African-American women. This qualitative study consisted of eight in-depth interviews with private practitioners who were purposefully selected. The interviews took place over the course of three months and were the sole source of data for this study. An analysis of the data revealed categories and properties related to the theoretical philosophical framework employed by private practitioners and its influence when treating middle-class African-American women, the factors that impact the choice of interventions used, and what influences middle-class African-American women to seek treatment in the private sector. Grounded theory coding revealed a substantive level theory explaining the dynamics of mental health treatment for middle class African- American women in the private sector. Three general conclusions emerged from the findings: (a) Theory is not the sole influencer when approaching treatment with middle class African-American women; (b) A client-centered perspective which views the client as the expert as well as the development of a strong therapeutic relationship impacts the course of treatment; and (c) The intersection of race, class, and gender influences middle-class African-American womens decision to seek services in the private sector. The findings, theory, and implications for social work policy, planning, and administration, and recommendations for future research were discussed.
Metadata URL:
http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12322/cau.td:2010_williams_aisha_d
Language:
eng
Holding Institution:
Clark Atlanta University
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