Date of Award

12-16-2020

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

African-American Studies

First Advisor

Makungu Akinyela

Second Advisor

Jamae Morris

Third Advisor

Tiffany King

Abstract

Although there are many platforms contributing to the conversation surrounding African American hair loss, there is very little work that discusses the relationship shared between eroticism and self-inflicted behaviors. This research study utilized a narrative based approach in order to better understand how African American women have engaged in chronic hair pulling behavior as a satisfactory coping mechanism. Having worked with 3 participants for this study, I coordinated detailed interviews of self- identifying African American women between the ages of 18-35 that have engaged in chronic hair pulling behavior throughout their lives. These participants were selected from various cities throughout the metro-Atlanta areas. Additionally, I also utilized a non probability based sampling method, due to the specialized nature of the study.

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