Just Keepin’ it Movin’: Types and Impacts of Stress and Racism

Authors: Karen Johnson-Webb*, Bowling Green State University
Topics: Qualitative Methods
Keywords: racism, stress, qualitative
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/7/2021
Start / End Time: 1:30 PM / 2:45 PM
Room: Virtual 28
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This qualitative study of the life experiences of a sample of black women of childbearing age was
conducted in Lucas County, OH. Lucas County has one of the highest rates of black infant mortality in the state. The aim of the study is to expand the understanding of the impacts of stressors that result from the racism structural or not that these women experience in their daily lives. In-depth interviews were conducted, and discussion focused on aspects of their life experiences. Results show that stressful events and experiences spread throughout their lives. Results also revealed the ways that race, gender, and class intersect in many of their experiences. Stress produced by these experiences impact their lives in a myriad of ways and their responses to these experiences and the stress were varied as well.

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