The Black Scholar Series – Dr. Inger Burnett-Zeigler (Main Lecture)
Trading the Strong Black Woman for the Soft Life: Mindfulness as a way for Black Women to Cope with Chronic Stress and Improve Wellness
November 2, 2023
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM America/Chicago
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Epidemiological studies have shown that socio-demographic characteristics such as gender, race/ethnicity, education, employment, and income are associated with one's risk for developing a mental health condition, access and engagement in treatment. Similarly, cultural factors play a key role in the expression, identification, and perceived need for treatment, particularly among Black women. In this presentation, characteristics of the cultural icon the "Strong Black Woman" will be discussed as it relates to how Black women cope with stress. Additionally, mental and physical health challenges that are disproportionately prevalent among Black women will be highlighted. Preliminary findings of a randomized controlled trial of the effectiveness and implementation of a mindfulness based intervention for depressive symptoms among Black women in a Federally Qualified Health Center as one pathway toward mental health equity will be presented.
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