First Advisor

Marcus Sharpe

Date of Award

Spring 6-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology and University Honors






Black women -- Mental health -- Research -- United States, Intersectionality (Sociology), Race discrimination -- United States




Black girls were the most likely to report attempting suicide in 2017, and national data suggests that nearly half of all Black adolescent girls in the United States report experiencing symptoms of depression (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2017). A multitude of research has been conducted to investigate the effect of gendered microaggressions and discrimination on women, as well as the research surrounding the effects of discrimination on Black people. However, within that exists a gap where research has not focused on the effects of both race and gender-based discrimination on Black women’s mental health (Doornbos, M. et al., 2012). The issue of intersectionality is not a new one, initially brought forth to define the experience of marginalized people who hold multiple identities that may burden them in their day-to-day interactions with the dominant culture (Crenshaw, 1989). Understanding intersectionality is central to the development of culturally competent treatment plans and practices, especially when trying to discover the impact of these burdens on the psychological state of Black women living in the United States. This article seeks to explore what research has been done to understand Black female mental health, and articulate further needs within the Psychology field to discover root causes of anxiety and depression symptoms among this particular group.


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