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.
Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice
Neal-Barnett, Angela; Stadulis, Robert E.; Murray, Marsheena; Payne, Margaret R.; Thomas, Anisha; Salley, Bernadette B. (2011). Sister Circles as a Culturally Relevant Intervention for Anxious Black Women. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice 18(3) 266-273. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2850.2011.01258.x. Retrieved from https://oaks.kent.edu/psycpubs/61