“We Shall Overcome”: A Qualitative Exploratory Study of the Experiences of African Americans Who Overcame Barriers to Engage in Family Therapy
family therapy, african american therapy, barriers in family therapy
Previous research on African American clients’ participation in family therapy has concentrated on dropout rates and utilized a deficit, problem saturated perspective. Few studies have been conducted that address how African American clients overcame barriers to family therapy. The present study utilized phenomenological methodology to explore how African American clients overcame barriers to therapy and provides suggestions for successful engagement. Findings indicate that a common barrier was the stigma attached to therapy. Participants described qualities that facilitate resilience as contributing to their abilities to overcome barriers. The findings suggest changes therapists can make to respond more effectively to African Americans.
Original Publication Citation
Hall, C.H., Sandberg, J.G. (2012). “We Shall Overcome”: A qualitative exploratory study of the experiences of African Americans who overcame barriers to engage in family therapy. American Journal of Family Therapy, 40(5), 445-458.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Hall, Cadmona A. and Sandberg, Jonathan G., "“We Shall Overcome”: A Qualitative Exploratory Study of the Experiences of African Americans Who Overcame Barriers to Engage in Family Therapy" (2012). All Faculty Publications. 2397.
The American Journal of Family Therapy
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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