Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Lived Experience of Successful African American Women Who Did Not Complete College
by Davis, Dymphna D., Ph.D., University of Holy Cross, 2017, 110; 10819684
Abstract (Summary)

Although there is an extensive amount of research on the history and plight of the Black woman, there have been no qualitative studies exploring the experiences and perceptions of Black women who are achieving success despite social, economic, and educational obstacles. This study will explore the experiences of African American women who have achieved success in the community or in the workplace in spite of not receiving a college degree. Using a phenomenological research approach, nine African American women who were identified by members of their community as being successful were interviewed for this study. Data was gathered from participants’ interviews. From the analysis of the data collected five key findings emerged which include the following: family helped prepared participants for achieving successful lives; participants considered themselves to be successful; success relates to status; spirituality plays a major role in becoming successful; and participants did not feel they had a responsibly to the Black community to be successful.

Indexing (document details)
School: University of Holy Cross
Department: Counselor Education and Supervision
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: DAI-A 79/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: African American Studies, Black studies, Social psychology, Womens studies, Counseling Psychology
Keywords: African-American, Intersectionality, Psychology of Black women, Success, Women's studies, Womenist theory
Publication Number: 10819684
ISBN: 978-0-355-85644-6
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