Date of Award

Spring 5-10-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

D.S.W. Social work


Social Work

First Advisor

Dr. Stephen W. Stoeffler

Second Advisor

Dr. Sharon Lyter

Third Advisor

Dr. Fang Hsun Wei


Suicide among African Americans has increased significantly in the past 15 years, yet it remains a neglected topic in social work research. Social workers are the largest direct provider of mental health services in the United States. However their valuable person-in-environment perspective has not been incorporated into research to provide insight on ways to decrease incidents of suicide among African Americans. This systematic review examines social work’s contribution to suicide research while focusing on the social context in which African Americans live. The systematic review also examines protective factors specific to African Americans that can be used to mitigate suicide risk while utilizing critical race theory (CRT) as a lens to understand how ongoing oppression has led to increased incidents of suicide and why treatment interventions continue to be generalized. Implications are provided for practice, research, and education, while incorporating CRT into social work practice.

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