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Hues of brown: A case study of the psychotherapeutic process exploring racial and cultural identity between a Black West Indian female client and an African American female therapist


2008 2008

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This study interrogates the prevailing views of racial identity construction in the process of counseling. In the US, West Indian émigrés can often struggle to understand and adjust to the different ways in which race, class, and gender are constructed. Scholars have proposed in fact that West Indians often redefine themselves against the negative, racist perceptions of African Americans by emphasizing their own cultural/ethnic particularity, a strategic adjustment that can create tension between these culturally different but racially similar groups. In this critical qualitative research study, the investigator examined 12 consecutive therapy sessions that involved a Black West Indian female client and an African American female therapist. The investigator sought to answer the following questions: (a) How and when does the client talk about issues of race and culture and (b) How does the therapist respond? (c) How do the client and therapist explore and understand racial identity and cultural identity during the therapy process? and (d) What changes or adjustments over the course of therapy are evidenced in the client and therapist with regard to their respective racial and cultural identities? Findings of this study reveal patterns in the data related to (a) therapy process issues specific to fostering or threatening the working alliance; (b) content issues specific to the negotiation of mental health issues as relevant to racial, cultural and sociopolitical topics; and (c) shifts in therapist and client discourse over the course of the therapy. Implications for future research are discussed.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Black studies;
School counseling;
Clinical psychology;
Psychotherapy;
Case studies;
Females;
Client relationships;
Social identity
Classification
0325: Black studies
0519: School counseling
0622: Clinical psychology
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Education; Psychology; Black West Indian; Cultural identity; Multiculturalism, internationalization, and counseling; Process research; Psychotherapeutic; Qualitative research; Self-disclosure; Social justice & counseling; West Indians and counseling psychology
Title
Hues of brown: A case study of the psychotherapeutic process exploring racial and cultural identity between a Black West Indian female client and an African American female therapist
Author
De Barros, Khym Isaac
Number of pages
261
Publication year
2008
Degree date
2008
School code
0093
Source
DAI-B 70/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109057355
University/institution
Indiana University
University location
United States -- Indiana
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3350513
ProQuest document ID
304626698
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304626698
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