The challenge of providing a therapeutic environment for the Black Adventist clergy
Trevor Hendricks Fraser
This project explores attitudes of African American Adventist clergy toward the therapeutic environment, seeking to determine factors that contribute to these attitudes and elements that might influence their reception of the psychosocial approach to mental health for themselves or their families. The project circulates an attitudinal questionnaire on the Likert model to 85 pastors serving Seventh-day Adventist churches in the southeastern US, finding that these African Americans are reticent about the therapeutic process because of perceived stigma. This finding is borne out in current literature suggesting that African Americans as a group feel stigmatized by the mental health process and therefore resist it. Clergy resistance surely influences lay attitudes, just as clergy who use mental health services can provide a positive role model for church members.
Degree Granting Institution
Belle Miller McMaster
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