Social Work



Degree Name

Doctor of Social Work (DSW)

Type of Paper/Work

Banded Dissertation


Kingsley Chigbu


The strong Black woman [emphasis added] trope is often used to describe the essence of a Black woman. In reality, the term strong [emphasis added] in this sense does not have a positive connotation. A strong Black woman [emphasis added] is a psychological coping mechanism that is used to exude strength, self-pride, emotional containment. This schema known as the strong Black woman schema, along with critical race theory and the Black feminist perspective, provides an understanding of the complexities that Black women face, specifically Black women faculty. This banded dissertation explores the association between psychological health and Black women faculty. The three products of this banded dissertation aim to apply the SBW archetype to perceived stress from structural correlates of the academy. An autoethnography, conference presentation, and quantitative study were produced to advance the scholarly discussion of psychological stress among Black women faculty.

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