American Journal of Community Psychology

, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 559–582 | Cite as

Mental health and well-being of black women: Toward strategies of empowerment

  • Jewelle Taylor Gibbs
  • Diana Fuery


This review of the literature on Black women's mental health has three goals: 1) to describe the mental health issues, needs, and adaptive behaviors of Black women; 2) to discuss the research, intervention, and public policy efforts of mental health professionals and Black women's groups to address the multiple needs of this population; and 3) to identify effective strategies by which community psychologists can improve the mental health status of Black women through efforts to reduce their environmental stressors, to increase their resources and access to services, and to facilitate their empowerment in American society. The authors propose a number of recommendations to improve Black women's mental health, including changes in research paradigms, changes in education and training programs, and the development of culturally competent service delivery systems.


Mental Health White Woman Black Woman Mental Health Issue Black Community 
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  • Jewelle Taylor Gibbs
    • 1
  • Diana Fuery
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Social WelfareUniversity of California at BerkeleyBerkeley

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