Date of Award

Spring 5-7-2011

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


African-American Studies

First Advisor

Sarita Davis

Second Advisor

Mary Anne Adams

Third Advisor

Patricia Dixon


This qualitative grounded study explores power dynamics and its influence on sexual decision-making amongst college-age African American women. The film All of Us was shown to eighteen African American women to understand how they perceive power dynamics and sexual decision-making. Taking place at Georgia State University‟s main campus in Atlanta, focus groups and one on one interviews were implemented. Much of the research being conducted theorize that the risk factors regarding HIV infection are related to risky sexual decision-making and lack of consistent condom use; however this study concluded that there is a relationship between sexual decision-making and gendered power dynamics.