Research Papers

Gender, Ethnicity and Depression: Intersectionality in Mental Health Research with African American Women

Illinois Wesleyan University | January, 01 , 2010
Kira Hudson Banks, Laura P. Kohn-Wood | Download (5)
This review synthesizes the current knowledge regarding African American women and depression. After highlighting major findings related to the epidemiology, etiology, symptomatology and treatment, we will discuss the gaps in our understanding of these factors specific to African American women. It argues that filling in these gaps will require a theoretical framework that takes into account the intersection of race and gender. It also presents an empirically defined heuristic for studying mental illness among African American women, in terms of both experiences and outcomes.

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