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Jaekel, Kathryn S.

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Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)

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Department of Counseling and Higher Education (CAHE)


The purpose of this qualitative, narrative inquiry study was to explore the influence of educational attainment on Black women’s perceptions of their health. Empirical research indicates the causes of stress and other health concerns pertaining to Black women are often rooted in racism and discrimination. Within the literature, the barriers that many African American women face within the educational system on all levels are discussed. However, there are few studies that have specifically researched the connection between educational attainment regarding receiving bachelorette degrees or higher and how or if that has an influence on Black women’s health. As such, the purpose of this project is to add to the literature by exploring Black women’s perceptions of health and wellbeing in relationship to their levels of education. For the purposes of my research, I interviewed 15 Black women in the Midwest region.

The findings indicate that there needs to be more work done within the educational institution regarding the support of Black women. There needs to be safe spaces on campus for these women to talk about their issues, there needs to be more counselors or therapists of color at institutions, and there needs to be strategies set in place to alleviate the high amounts of racism and discrimination that this particular group encounters inside and outside of the classroom, such as cultural competency classes for both students and staff who are White.


134 pages




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