Date of Award

8-2017

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Executive Leadership

First Supervisor

Josephine Moffett

Second Supervisor

Stephen Draper

Abstract

The purpose of this quantitative study was to analyze data related to factors that affect African American women with significant mental health issues. The 323 participants identified for this research study were formerly homeless, single adults (21 – 61 years of age) who resided in a non-profit operated housing facility in an urban setting of New York that provides mental health supportive housing and services. The archival data was gathered from an electronic data warehouse. The main focus of the data analysis for this research was based upon descriptive statistics used to summarize the reports and provide a clear picture of the barriers/factors experienced by African American women and what could be done to improve their lives. This research study revealed that African American women are disproportionately more likely to experience societal circumstances that increase their chances for developing mental illness, and they are less likely to utilize mental health services. African American women must be able to obtain services in a non-judgmental, safe, environment from providers that are sensitive, culturally competent, and willing to accommodate them in non-traditional manners. Further research in the area of the effectiveness of the services and engagement of the African American women is required.

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