Title

Sister Circles as a Culturally Relevant Intervention for Anxious Black Women

Publication Title

Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice

Publication Date

9-2011

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1111/j.1468-2850.2011.01258.x

Keywords

sister circles, African Americans, women, anxiety intervention

Disciplines

Psychology

Abstract

Research on anxiety treatment with African American women reveals a need to develop interventions that address factors relevant to their lives. Such factors include feelings of isolation, multiple roles undertaken by Black women, and faith. A recurrent theme across treatment studies is the importance of having support from other Black women. Sister circles are support groups that build upon existing friendships, fictive kin networks, and the sense of community found among African Americans females. Sister circles appear to offer many of the components Black women desire in an anxiety intervention. In this article, we explore sister circles as an intervention for anxious African American women. Culturally-infused aspects from our sister circle work with middle-class African American women are presented. Further research is needed.


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