Date of Award

Spring 5-22-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Corinne D. Warrener, Ph.D.


This thesis examines mental health utilization amongst African-American women. The study specifically investigated the factors that may predict help seeking behaviors: depression, stigma, African acculturation, mistrust, and religious commitment. The study also examined the role demographics has on African-American women utilizing mental health services. The study examined the following demographics, income, age, marital status, and education status. The sample size consisted 40 African American women, with ages ranging from 18 to 65. The results indicated that age and depression may impact African-American women seeking mental health services. The results showed that stigma, African acculturation, mistrust, religious commitment, income, marital status and education have no statistical significance in predicting African-American women utilizing mental health services.