Total CE Credit Hours: 1.5
Course Info URL: https://www.ce-credit.com/courses/103248
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About the Course:
Psychiatric disorders impose significant personal, social, and financial costs for individuals, families, and the nation. Despite a large amount of research and several journals focused on psychiatric conditions, there is a paucity of research on psychiatric disorders among Black Americans (i.e., African Americans and Black Caribbeans), particularly older Black Americans. The present literature review examines research on psychiatric disorders among older Black Americans and provides a broad overview of research findings that are based on nationally representative studies. Collectively, this research finds: (1) older African Americans have lower rates of psychiatric disorders than younger African Americans; (2) family support is not protective of psychiatric disorders, whereas negative interaction with family members is a risk factor; (3) everyday discrimination is a risk factor for psychiatric disorders; (4) both older African Americans and African American across the adult age range have lower prevalence rates of psychiatric disorders than non-Latino whites; (5) Black Caribbean men have particularly high rates of depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, and suicide attempts; and (6) a significant proportion of African American older adults with mental health disorders do not receive professional help. This literature review also discusses the “Race Paradox” in mental health, the Environmental Affordances Model, and the importance of investigating ethnicity differences among Black Americans. Future research directions address issues that are directly relevant to the Black American population and include the following: (1) understanding the impact of mass incarceration on the psychiatric disorders of prisoners’ family members, (2) assessing the impact of immigration from African countries for ethnic diversity within the Black American population, (3) examining the impact of racial identity and racial socialization as potential protective factors for psychiatric morbidities, and (4) assessing racial diversity in life-course events and their impact on mental health.
This course is based on the reading-based online article, Psychiatric Disorders Among Older Black Americans: Within- and Between-Group Differences created by Robert Joseph Taylor, Ph.D., MSW and Linda M. Chatters, Ph.D. in 2020.
Publication Date:Innovation in Aging, 2020, Vol. 4, No. 3, 1–16
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Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.
After taking this course, you should be able to:
- Summarize the prevalence of psychiatric disorders in African Americans, particularly older African Americans.
- Summarize the Environmental Affordances Model.
- Discuss how discrimination impacts the mental health of African Americans.
- Compare the regional differences of psychiatric diagnoses and service utilization among African Americans.
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