Date of Award
Doctoral Research Paper
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Apryl A. Alexander, Psy.D.
Henrietta Pazos, Psy.D.
Robert Atwell, Psy.D.
Black mental health, Stigma, African psychology, Religion, Black psychology
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While the societal stigma on mental illness deters people from seeking mental health services, there is limited research on how Black personality and cultural practices may impact stigma and Black mental health (NAMI, 2020). In an attempt to identify protective and risk factors for internalized stigma and Black mental health, the present study examined 416 Black adults in Colorado and identified significant relationships between African Self-Consciousness, internalized stigma of mental illness, religiosity, and mental health functioning. Results showed that having a strong African-centered identity and religious grounding are associated with less internalized stigma and difficulty in functioning and mental health concerns.
Jones-Coplin, Breigh, ""Stay Strong": Internalized Stigma, Religiosity and Black Mental Health in Colorado" (2022). Graduate School of Professional Psychology: Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 473.
Empirical - Qualitative
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