Sister Circles as a Culturally Relevant Intervention for Anxious Black Women


  • Angela Neal-Barnett,

  • Robert Stadulis,

  • Marsheena Murray,

  • Margaret R. Payne,

  • Anisha Thomas,

  • Bernadette B. Salley

Address correspondence to Angela Neal-Barnett, PhD, Department of Psychology, Kent State University, Kent, OH 44242. E-mail:


[Clin Psychol Sci Prac 18: 266–273, 2011]

Research on anxiety treatment with Black 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 Black women. 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 Black women. Culturally infused aspects from our sister circle work with middle-class Black women are presented. Further research is needed.