Black Women, Structural Racism and Stress: An Intersectional Analysis

Authors: Karen Johnson-Webb*, Bowling Green State University
Topics: Medical and Health Geography, Ethnicity and Race, Qualitative Research
Keywords: racism, stress, health
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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This study is a qualitative, intersectional study of a sample of black women of childbearing age in Lucas County, OH. The aim of this study is to expand the understanding of the impacts of stressors that result from the structural racism that black women experience in their daily lives. The data were collected in in-depth interviews. Questions focused on various aspects of their lives and their experiences. Preliminary results suggest that in most cases, their lives were rife with stressful events, experiences and circumstances, some from the very start. Race, gender and class intersect in many of these experiences. Stress that is produced by these experiences impacts their lives in a myriad of ways and their responses to these experiences and the stress were varied as well.

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