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Psychotherapy with African American Women with Depression: Is it okay to Talk about Their Religious/Spiritual Beliefs?

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Department of Counseling Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Education, 1000 Bascom Mall, Madison, WI, 53706, USA
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Clinical Science Center, School of Nursing, University of Wisconsin, K6/ 340600 Highland Ave Madison, WI 53792, USA
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Religions 2012, 3(1), 19-36; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel3010019
Received: 17 December 2011 / Revised: 10 January 2012 / Accepted: 10 January 2012 / Published: 18 January 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religions and Psychotherapies)
A growing body of research focusing on African Americans’ mental health is showing that this group relies heavily on their religious/spiritual beliefs and practices to cope with mental health issues including depression. Unfortunately, the psychotherapy literature provides little guidance on how to incorporate religion/spirituality into psychotherapy with African American women. With the growing cultural diversity of the U.S. population, there has been more emphasis on providing patient-centered culturally sensitive care, which involves providing care that is respectful of, and responsive to, individual patient preferences, needs, and values. This paper provides a synthesis of literature that psychotherapists could use to become more culturally sensitive and patient-centered in their clinical practices; that is, to recognize and integrate religion/spirituality into their work with African American women experiencing depression, and possibly other groups with similar needs. View Full-Text
Keywords: African American women; religious; spiritual; psychotherapy; major depressive disorder; depression African American women; religious; spiritual; psychotherapy; major depressive disorder; depression
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Mengesha, M.; Ward, E.C. Psychotherapy with African American Women with Depression: Is it okay to Talk about Their Religious/Spiritual Beliefs? Religions 2012, 3, 19-36. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel3010019

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Mengesha M, Ward EC. Psychotherapy with African American Women with Depression: Is it okay to Talk about Their Religious/Spiritual Beliefs? Religions. 2012; 3(1):19-36. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel3010019

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Mengesha, Maigenete; Ward, Earlise C. 2012. "Psychotherapy with African American Women with Depression: Is it okay to Talk about Their Religious/Spiritual Beliefs?" Religions 3, no. 1: 19-36. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel3010019

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