Title

Examining the Impact of Remote Learning on the Mental Health of HBCU Students During COVID-19

Student Classification

Senior

Faculty Mentor

Professor Jeannette Wade, Sociology, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

Department

Sociology

Document Type

Poster

Publication Date

Spring 4-2021

Abstract

Mental health and wellness have become a growing topic amongst scholars. Often, the conversation can be racially skewed, leaning away from people of color due to racialization of mental illness. There are approximately 7.5 million Black Americans diagnosed with mental illnesses and disorders. The sociocultural barriers that black women face lead to the onset of many mental illnesses and disorders, yet black women are one of the least treated subpopulations in the area of mental health services. There are stigmas attached to black women seeking professional mental health care and it negatively impacts black women. In the current study, we examined black women’s experiences with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and it’s mental health related costs. The research method used was in-depth interviewing during which students answered questions about their overall experiences regarding their social identities as it relates to being a student. Findings from the interviews suggest that during this pandemic students have been having a hard time for various reasons that relate to their identities and/or social roles. Our interviewees not only have to be students, but also employees, caregivers, and more. Holistically, the many factors contributing to their experience can and have had an impact on their mental health and wellness. The purpose of this study is to highlight the black women’s mental health concerns and lack of access to or interest in related services. This research aims to promote an increase in advocacy for mental health services tailored to the mental wellness of black women.

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