Predisposition to seek mental health care among Black males transitioning from foster care

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

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Abstract

This study examined the predisposition to seek mental health care in the future for personal and mental health problems among Black males transitioning from the foster care system (n = 74). Results of simultaneous multiple regression analysis showed that custody status, diagnosis of a DSM-IV psychiatric disorder, and emotional control contributed significantly to the prediction of Black male's predisposition to seek mental health care. Specifically, Black males who were still in foster care were more predisposed to seek mental health care, whereas those diagnosed with a DSM-IV psychiatric disorder and who adhered more to the norm of emotional control were less predisposed to seek mental health care. Implications for mental health service delivery are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)870-882
Number of pages13
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Volume29
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2007

Keywords

  • Black males
  • Foster care
  • Help-seeking
  • Masculine norms
  • Mental health services

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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