School of Behavioral Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy
Primary Subject Area
Religion, General; Religion, Clergy; Psychology, General; Psychology, Clinical; Black Studies
African Americans, Clergy, Depression treatments, mental health counseling, pastoral counseling, Stigma
African American Studies | Christianity | Clinical Psychology | Counseling Psychology | Psychology | Religion
Gardner, Connie, "Stigma and the Acceptability of Depression Treatments among African American Clergy" (2013). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 641.
The purpose of this cross sectional study was to investigate stigma associated with depression treatments and to approximate its association with treatment acceptability among African American Clergy. There were 109 African American clergy who completed three measures: treatment specific stigma instrument, treatment acceptability instrument, and a demographic questionnaire, anonymously. Three hypotheses were tested using descriptive statistics, Mantel-Haenszel common odds ratio estimate, Pearson correlation coefficient, and ordinal logistic regression. Statistical analysis revealed stigma did increase with the expansion of the social circle; Christian mental health counseling had the highest acceptability rate among clergy not pastoral or lay counseling and there was an association between treatment specific stigma and treatment acceptability.