Date of Award

5-3-2017

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

African-American Studies

First Advisor

Sarita Davis

Second Advisor

Makungu Akinyela

Third Advisor

Johnathan Gayles

Abstract

African American women experience father absence, at disproportionate rates. However, they are rarely studied or discussed outside of a comparative analysis. Hence, in this study, the purpose is to explore how father absence affects the educational attainment of African American women, post high school. The questions that guide this study include: What is the participants’ understanding of a strong black woman? How does father absence affect the educational attainment of African American women? How does father absence lead African American women to perform as a strong Black woman? This study uses a narrative approach, interviewing six African-American women, who have earned a bachelor’s degree, and experienced father absence.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.57709/10070184

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