Cultural Mistrust of Mental Health Professionals Among Black Males Transitioning from Foster Care

Lionel D. Scott, Henrika McCoy, Michelle R. Munson, Lonnie R. Snowden, J. Curtis McMillen

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Abstract

We examined cultural mistrust of mental health professionals among Black males who are transitioning from the foster care system (N = 74) and its relationship to their level of satisfaction with child welfare services and the frequency of negative social contextual experiences. Results of hierarchical regression analysis showed that the level of satisfaction with child welfare services moderated the relationship between negative social contextual experiences and cultural mistrust of mental health professionals. Specifically, more frequent negative social contextual experiences were related to greater cultural mistrust of mental health professionals for Black males reporting low satisfaction with child welfare services, but not for those reporting high satisfaction with child welfare services. Implications for service delivery are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)605-613
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Child and Family Studies
Volume20
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2011

Keywords

  • Black males
  • Cultural mistrust
  • Foster care
  • Negative social contextual experiences
  • Service satisfaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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