Mental Health Counseling: A Phenomenological Study of Afro-Caribbean Christian's Help-seeking Tendencies
School of Behavioral Sciences
Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)
Afro-Caribbean, Mental Health, Counseling, Help-seeking, Caribbean, Social Support
Counseling | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Lewis, Heather G., "Mental Health Counseling: A Phenomenological Study of Afro-Caribbean Christian's Help-seeking Tendencies" (2019). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2191.
The purpose of this phenomenological study is to understand the help-seeking tendencies of Afro-Caribbean Christians. The use of social support systems and the impact of generational status on asking for and seeking help is the central phenomenon of the study. Study participants include 10 members selected from a Philadelphia church. The theory guiding this study is social support as it explains the relationship between social support and the use of professional mental health services. Study participants were interviewed using a semistructured interview process, transcribed interviews were analyzed in NVivo a qualitative data analysis software used for data management and analysis. Through NVivo themes and common concepts are developed from the interviews as well as addressing the central research questions.