Department

Psychology

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-16-2016

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.

Journal

Women & Therapy

Journal ISSN

1541-0315

Volume

39

Issue

3

First Page

390

Last Page

412

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1080/02703149.2016.1116871

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