By Inger E. Burnett-Zeigler
November 16, 2016
Traditionally, many black people have viewed participating in mental health
treatment as inconsistent with their cultural behaviors, attitudes, beliefs
and social practices. Going to therapy is "something white people do" and
telling your problems to strangers is close to criminal.
As a clinical psychologist and assistant professor in the Department of
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at
Northwestern University, I conducted an analysis of data from the National
Epidemiologic Study of Drug and Related Conditions of 6,587
non-institutionalized black adults with psychiatric conditions nationwide
and found that those who more strongly identified with being black were less
likely to receive mental health services.