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Spring 5-31-2016


To date, Blacks in America are often misdiagnosed or mistreated due to the failure of mental health practitioners to provide services from a multicultural eclectic purview. It is necessary to attend to the past and present influences of psychosocial variables related to real and perceived discrimination on minority achievement, behavior, and clinically health outcomes. When providers do not take into consideration these factors, they have a limited conceptualization of their clients’ needs. Such psychosocial variables can exacerbate behaviors, symptoms, and at times be the antecedent that onset those symptoms. Thus, it is imperative that health providers learn methods to investigate and integrate the psychosocial experiences that Blacks encounter into case conceptualization, diagnosis, and methods of mental health service delivery.


This work originally appeared in the National Organization for Human Services Conference Proceedings.



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