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Title Black women's mental health : balancing strength and vulnerability / edited by Stephanie Y. Evans, Kanika Bell, and Nsenga K. Burton.
Imprint Albany : State University of New York Press, [2017]

Subject African American women -- Mental health.
Women -- Mental health.
African Americans -- psychology.
Women -- psychology.
Mental Health.
Alt Name Evans, Stephanie Y.,
Bell, Kanika, 1976-
Burton, Nsenga K., 1972-
Description 1 online resource (xvi, 307 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: learning to BREATHE: toward a balanced model of Black women's wellness / Stephanie Y. Evans, Kanika Bell, and Nsenga K. Burton -- Part I: Balancing vulnerability. Sisters on sisters: inner peace from the Black woman mental health professional perspective / Kanika Bell -- When the bough breaks: the StrongBlackWoman and the embodiment of stress / Chanequa Walker-Barnes -- Representations of Black women's mental illness in htgawm and being Mary Jane / Nsenga K. Burton -- Selfies, subtweets, & suicide: social media as mediator and agitator of mental health for Black women / Joy Harden Bradford -- Part II: Balancing strength. From worthless to wellness: self-worth, power, and creative survival in memoirs of sexual assault / Stephanie Y. Evans -- The travel diaries: excursions for balance, reflection, healing, and empowerment / Kami J. Anderson -- My body is a vehicle: narratives of Black women holistic leaders on spiritual development, mental healing, and body nurturing / Rachel Panton -- Black women's sexuality and relationships: embracing self-love through BREATHE-ing / Qiana M. Cutts -- African American mothers' parenting in the midst of violence and fear: finding meaning and transcendence / Ruby Mendenhall, Loren Henderson, and Barbara M. Scott -- Part III: Strategies for balance -- Black feminist therapy as a wellness tool / Lani V. Jones and Beverly Guy-Sheftall -- Looking through the window: Black women's perspectives on mental health and self-care / Maudry-Beverley Lashley, Vanessa Marshall, and TyWanda McLaurin-Jones -- Don't go back to sleep: increasing well-being through contemplative practice / Veta Goler -- Love lessons: Black women teaching Black girls to love / Alero Afejuku, Sheila Flemming-Hunter, and Ayo Gathing -- Transformative mental health for African American women: health policy considerations / Daniel E. Dawes and Keisha Braithwaite Holden -- Afterword / Diane R. Brown and Verna M. Keith.
Summary "This book offers a unique, interdisciplinary, and thoughtful look at the challenges and potency of Black women's struggle for inner peace and mental stability. It brings together contributors from psychology, sociology, law, and medicine, as well as the humanities, to discuss issues ranging from stress, sexual assault, healing, self-care, and contemplative practice to health-policy considerations and parenting. Merging theory and practice with personal narratives and public policy, the book develops a new framework for approaching Black women's wellness in order to provide tangible solutions. The collection reflects feminist praxis and defines womanist peace in terms that reject both "superwoman" stereotypes and "victim" caricatures. Also included for health professionals are concrete recommendations for understanding and treating Black women"--Publisher's description.
Note Description based on online resource; title from electronic title page (EBSCOhost, viewed April 16, 2018).
ISBN 9781438465838 (electronic bk.)
1438465831 (electronic bk.)
9781438465814 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)
1438465815 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)
9781438465814 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)
OCLC # 962172131
Additional Format Print version: Black women's mental health. Albany : State University of New York Press, [2017] 9781438465814 (DLC) 2016035404 (OCoLC)962171826