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The Price of Strength: Black College Women’s Perspectives on the Strong Black Woman Stereotype

The Price of Strength: Black College Women’s Perspectives on the Strong Black Woman Stereotype Black feminist scholars posit that the Strong Black Woman stereotype (SBW) is a compelling image that depicts Black women as strong, independent, and self-sacrificing. Research suggests SBW internalization is related to mental and physical health problems. This study asked Black college women open-ended questions on several SBW-related topics. Thematic analysis of approximately 90 participants revealed definitions of SBW, including, strong, independent, hardworking, and caring. Contrary to SBW’s positive perception, the majority of participants reported SBW’s negative effects on their health, highlighting SBW’s paradox. Findings increase awareness of the SBW stereotype for mental health professionals who work with Black college women. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Women & Therapy Taylor & Francis

The Price of Strength: Black College Women’s Perspectives on the Strong Black Woman Stereotype

Women & Therapy , Volume 39 (3-4): 23 – Jul 2, 2016
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Taylor & Francis
Copyright
Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1541-0315
eISSN
0270-3149
DOI
10.1080/02703149.2016.1116871
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Abstract

Black feminist scholars posit that the Strong Black Woman stereotype (SBW) is a compelling image that depicts Black women as strong, independent, and self-sacrificing. Research suggests SBW internalization is related to mental and physical health problems. This study asked Black college women open-ended questions on several SBW-related topics. Thematic analysis of approximately 90 participants revealed definitions of SBW, including, strong, independent, hardworking, and caring. Contrary to SBW’s positive perception, the majority of participants reported SBW’s negative effects on their health, highlighting SBW’s paradox. Findings increase awareness of the SBW stereotype for mental health professionals who work with Black college women.

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Women & TherapyTaylor & Francis

Published: Jul 2, 2016

Keywords: Black women; Strong Black Women stereotype; mental health

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