The strong black woman (SBW) phenomenon was explored in college-educated African American women in the Los Angeles region. Quantitative measures indicated that these women averaged high levels of stress, depression, and perceived racism. Qualitative data derived from short open-ended questions yielded eight themes describing both the positive aspects of being a SBW (being a role model for family and community, and feeling empowered), as well as its negative aspects (prejudice, internalized bias, stress, masking, self-neglect, and relational strain). Correlational and regression analyses explored the relationships among the quantitative and qualitative variables. Clinical and research implications and recommendations were discussed.
|Advisor:||Scaglione, Cris A.|
|Commitee:||Mickens, Lavonda M.|
|School:||The Chicago School of Professional Psychology|
|Department:||Marital and Family Therapy|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-B 77/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||African American Studies, Womens studies, Psychology|
|Keywords:||African american women, Depression, Racism, Stereotypes, Stigmatization, Strong black woman|
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