Understanding the Experience of Black Clients in Marriage and Family Therapy
marriage, family therapy, african american
Past research on Black clients’ utilization of therapy focused on the barriers that prevent Black clients from attending therapy and the reasons for these barriers. However, few studies have been conducted that focus on how Black clients attending therapy actually experience these barriers. This study utilized both Likert and open‐ended questions to examine the obstacles 16 Black clients face in their attempts to attend family therapy. The most frequently identified obstacles were related to concerns over family member response and cultural barriers to therapy. Participants also reported concerns about racial and/or cultural differences and a lack of understanding by non‐Black therapists. The implications of this study addressed how to effectively meet the therapeutic needs of Black clients.
Original Publication Citation
Awosan, C., Sandberg, J.G., & Hall, C.H. (2011). Understanding the experience of Black clients in marriage and family therapy. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 37(2), 153-168.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Awosan, Christina I.; Sandberg, Jonathan G.; and Hall, Cadmona A., "Understanding the Experience of Black Clients in Marriage and Family Therapy" (2011). All Faculty Publications. 2447.
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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