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Black Males, Trauma, and Mental Health Service Use: A Systematic Review

What makes someone seek professional help after a traumatic event?

Rates of trauma exposure are inordinately high among Black males, yet they are about half as likely as White counterparts to access mental health services. Seeking an explanation for the disparity, this review examined the literature on factors that facilitate or impede mental health service use. The findings identify several key barriers and suggest supports that enable adult Black males to overcome them.

Project: Youth Development


Motley, R., & Banks, A. (2018). Black males, trauma, and mental health service use: A systematic review. Perspectives on Social Work, 14(1), 3–19.