Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy

Academic Discipline

Community Psychology

First Advisor

Bradley Olson, Ph.D

Second Advisor

Tiffeny Jimenez, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Ericka Mingo, Ph.D.


This research study retraces the lives of Black women in America through a microscope that emphasize the historical formulation of Black women's identity and how the distorted figures of stereotypes have emerged and manifested into contemporary microaggressions. The work explores two central inquiries: The first, quantitative study, examines slavery as the malignant marker that has shaped Black women's identity, socioeconomic status, educational progress and political frameworks. The study theorizes that microaggressions towards Black women pose serious harm to their overall psychological sense of self-efficacy and empowerment. However, ethnic identity has within it the resource to combat microaggressive attitudes. The second, qualitative study, examines deeper issues related to black women empowerment and attempts to further theory building through narratives of black women participants and their narratives and views on a variety of issues.


Recommended Citation:

Luckoo, Patricia, Ph.D. (2018) "Deconstructing Negative Stereotypes, Myths, And Microaggressions About Black Women: Reconstructing Black Women's Narrative, Identity, And the Empowering Nature Of Ethnic Identity"