“The State of Your Psyche”: Black Conceptualizations of Mental Health

Monyae A. Kerney, Candice N. Hargons, Rayven Peterson, Brittany Cannon, Danelle Stevens-Watkins, Camille Burnett, Lisa Higgins-Hord

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Using structured-tabular thematic analysis, this study examines Black people’s conceptualizations of mental health in response to the following question: What is mental health? Sixty participants reported an array of interrelated characteristics pertaining to mental health. Five themes were identified across participant responses, including: (a) Overarching Orientation to Mental Health, (b) Integrated Parts of a Whole, (c) Dynamic Balance, (d) Existentialism, and (e) Locus of Control. Implications influence how researchers and mental health practitioners may better address mental health with Black clients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)522-550
Number of pages29
JournalCounseling Psychologist
Issue number4
StateAccepted/In press - 2024

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Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, H79SM084720.

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  • balance
  • Black people
  • holism
  • integrated healing
  • mental health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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