Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation
Counseling and Human Development
Counseling and Personnel Services, PhD
Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)
racial microaggressions; colorism
The intersectionality of racism and sexism of Black women has the possibility of leading to mental health symptoms due to the consistent and persistent experience of insidious trauma, specifically gendered racial microaggressions (GRM). In this study, we examined the relations between gendered racial microaggressions (GRM) and trauma/PTSD symptoms, depressive symptoms, and anxiety symptoms among Black women. Additionally, skin tone and hair style/texture were explored as moderating variables. We hypothesized a positive relation between GRM and symptoms of trauma/PTSD, depression, and anxiety. We also hypothesized that darker skin tones and more Afrocentric hairstyles would moderate GRM and the described mental health symptoms. Participants included 171 Black women (M = 31.25 years). Results from regression analyses indicate that GRM is a predictor of symptoms of trauma/PTSD, depression, and anxiety. Skin tone and hair style/texture alone were not significant predictors of trauma, depressive, or anxiety symptoms. Additionally, the interaction effect of GRM and skin tone and GRM and hair style/texture were not moderators for trauma/PTSD, depressive, and anxiety symptoms. The results suggest that a better understanding of the intersectionality of Black women’s identities and the experiences of insidious trauma will help to further understand the mental health impact and needs of Black women.
Geary, Maame-Safowaa, "Not only black or only a woman, a black woman: gendered racial microaggressions, colorism and hair on trauma symptoms." (2022). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 3979.