“Invincible Black Women”: An Empirical Investigation of Group Psychotherapy Support for Black College Women
Theme: Mental Health Among Marginalized Communities
Project Title: “Invincible Black Women”: An Empirical Investigation of Group Psychotherapy Support for Black College Women
Grantee: Martinque Jones, Assistant Professor, University of North Texas; Shardé M. Davis, Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut
Grant Period: April-September 2020
Black college women present to counseling with culturally distinct concerns, many of which are linked to their internalization of the “Strong Black Woman” schema — a gendered racial archetype characterized by independence, emotional strength, and self-sacrifice. Though the deleterious psychological impact of the SBW schema is well-documented, few have explored the variables that may mitigate its effect. Accordingly, the proposed project uses experimental and qualitative methods to explore the utility of a group psychotherapy intervention (“Invincible Black Women” — Jones & Pritchett-Johnson, 2018) in influencing variables (e.g., social support) shown to buffer the impact of the SBW schema on Black women's wellness.