Social Work



Degree Name

Doctor of Social Work (DSW)

Type of Paper/Work

Banded Dissertation


Robin R. Whitebird


Black women struggle with mental health issues and accessing mental health treatment. This Banded Dissertation explores the barriers that hinder Black women from seeking mental health treatment. Mental health treatment modalities that are currently being used for Black women who do seek treatment are also examined including treatment outcomes for this population. The first Product is a conceptual paper that investigates the barriers that hinder Black women from seeking mental health treatment including personal attitudes and beliefs, cultural stigma and expectations, as well as systematic and financial challenges. The second Product is a systematic review that examines the mental health treatment modalities and treatment outcomes of Black women who received treatment for anxiety and depression. The third and final Product is a poster presentation that was presented at the National Association of Social Workers Conference in June of 2022 that explored mental health treatment utilization by Black women through the lens of Strong Black Woman Schema (SBW) and strengths-based approach.

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