Title

Examining the Experiences of African-American Female Caregivers

Location

2074

Format Type

Paper

Format Type

Paper

Start Date

14-1-2017 10:30 AM

End Date

14-1-2017 11:50 AM

Abstract

There exists a gap in the literature regarding the unique experiences of African-American female caregivers taking care of mentally ill children. This phenomenological study explored the lived experiences African-American female caregivers, particularly examining perspectives related to the challenges of care giving, stigma of mental illness, treatment and coping. Eight African American female treatment foster care parents were selected from a treatment foster care agency in Baltimore, MD. Data was collected in the form of 30-60 minute, semi-structured interviews that were audio-recorded. Five themes emerged from the study; (1) care-giving is a challenge, (2) concern about the youth's future after foster care, (3) medication issues, (4) origin is mental illness is unknown and (5) religion is a source of coping for the parents. The study delivered future recommendations and implications for providing adequate support and resources for treatment foster care parents in general.

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Examining the Experiences of African-American Female Caregivers

2074

There exists a gap in the literature regarding the unique experiences of African-American female caregivers taking care of mentally ill children. This phenomenological study explored the lived experiences African-American female caregivers, particularly examining perspectives related to the challenges of care giving, stigma of mental illness, treatment and coping. Eight African American female treatment foster care parents were selected from a treatment foster care agency in Baltimore, MD. Data was collected in the form of 30-60 minute, semi-structured interviews that were audio-recorded. Five themes emerged from the study; (1) care-giving is a challenge, (2) concern about the youth's future after foster care, (3) medication issues, (4) origin is mental illness is unknown and (5) religion is a source of coping for the parents. The study delivered future recommendations and implications for providing adequate support and resources for treatment foster care parents in general.