Date of Award

5-2-2018

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

African-American Studies

First Advisor

Jamae Morris, PhD

Second Advisor

Sarita Davis, PhD

Third Advisor

Kimberly Farris, PhD

Abstract

Using semi-structured qualitative interviews, this study will examine the ways in which early childhood and adolescent experiences may provide insight into high effort coping styles, in the process of either grieving the loss of an infant or pregnancy due to miscarriage or stillbirth. The Sojourner Syndrome theory will be used to provide a lens towards understanding the dynamic ways that African American women, particularly those who have experienced child loss, confront adversities, helping to shed light on how they encounter and cope with related stress. This theory will allow for an expansion on the understandings of high effort methods of coping with stress among African American women with a special focus on resilience and resistance. A total of 4 African American women between 25-45 years of age who have experienced the loss of pregnancy due to miscarriage or stillbirth and who reside in the greater Atlanta area will be interviewed.

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