Following the success of its best-selling predecessors, the Fourth Edition of Harriette Pipes McAdoo's Black Families retains several now classic contributions while including updated versions of earlier chapters and many entirely new chapters. The goal through each revision of this core text has been to compile a book that focuses on positive dimensions of African American families. The book remains the most complete assessment of black families available in both depth and breadth of coverage. Cross-disciplinary in nature, the book boasts contributions from such fields as family studies, anthropology, education, psychology, social work, and public policy.
Chapter 18: Family Therapy: A Help-Seeking Option among Middle-Class African Americans1
Family Therapy: A Help-Seeking Option among Middle-Class African Americans1
African Americans do, in fact, benefit from family therapy (Laszloffy and Hardy 2000). Yet, much discourse on intervention stems from traditional psychotherapy that emphasizes individual functioning. In a national study of help-seeking trends among African Americans, it has been concluded that African Americans rely on various interventive options for a range of problems (Neighbors and Jackson 1996). Findings suggest that African Americans' networks are both informal and formal in nature and often include family, friends, physicians, ministers, and counselors (Snowden 2001). Furthermore, problem types for which such support networks are utilized include economic, health-related, and interpersonal distress. Interestingly, it has been concluded that “interpersonal distress” as a ...