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Doctor of Social Work (DSW)


The objective of this capstone is to analyze and demonstrate the importance of studies on unaddressed mental health among African American males. The major aim is to demonstrate why research, policy, and funding are vital to knowing how to work with this specific clinical group, allowing us to build effective and inclusive programs for these African American males and eliminate the stigma associated with members of this community. Due to unaddressed mental health and a lack of treatment options for our people, research has shown that African American men aged 20 to 24 had the highest suicide rate of any age group among African Americans, male or female.

To summarize, as we delve deeper into the research presented in these scholarly papers, we will gain a better understanding of our population as well as action steps and best practices for working with African American males who are dealing with unaddressed mental health and the stigma, racism, and additional barriers that prevent treatment for our clients. In addition, we will seek more funding to perform more evidence-based research, prioritizing community-based participatory techniques and focusing on establishing community-driven social-ecological treatments.

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