Author ORCID Identifier

https://orcid.org/ 0000-0002-7196-5884

Defense Date

2022

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Education

First Advisor

Charol Shakeshaft

Second Advisor

David Naff

Third Advisor

Kimberly Bridges

Fourth Advisor

Thelma Bryner

Abstract

School-based mental health is plagued with two primary challenges: (a) design and (b) service delivery. The design of school-based mental health is often comprised of fragmented, individual programs and services, and the delivery of mental-health services and support are culturally insensitive. The purpose of this Delphi study, grounded in African-centered thought (Afrocentricity), was to identify essential components of a comprehensive school-based mental-health system necessary to adequately address and support the mental health of Black students in K–12 public school settings. Through the cultural lens of Black experts, the needs of Black students along a continuum of mental health was highlighted. Further, the panel of Black experts identified culturally relevant factors necessary for school-based mental health practitioners to include in their delivery of mental-health services and support to Black students. Findings from this study resulted in the development of a framework for a comprehensive school-based mental-health system intentionally centering the mental health of Black students.

Rights

© The Author

Is Part Of

VCU University Archives

Is Part Of

VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

5-6-2022

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