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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Boykin, Lolita Cecelia
Author's Email Address lperki1@lsu.edu
URN etd-0707103-152144
Title Integrating Natural Coping and Survival Strategies of African American Women into Social Work Practice: Lessons Learned from the Works of Nannie Helen Burruoghs
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Social Work
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Brij Mohan Committee Chair
Leonard Moore Committee Member
Rebecca Chaisson Committee Member
Thomas Durant Committee Member
Laura Hensley Dean's Representative
  • afrocentric
  • black experience
  • womanist
Date of Defense 2003-06-10
Availability unrestricted
This study examines the historical coping and survival strategies of African American women - as reflected through the works of Nannie Helen Burroughs- that can be integrated into current social work practice. This research is important because is describes, explores and analyzes culturally relevant helping traditions, among African American women that have historically promoted their emotional and psychological well-being. An analysis of methods used by Burroughs was derived from articles, letters, speeches and minutes from various convention meetings. Also, a variety of secondary sources were also used during the research process.

Results from the study are important in that they support the impact of Black women's experiences as a central component to their psychological health particularly in four distinct areas: understanding and appreciation historical oppression in reform efforts; developing and exploring critical awareness/critical consciousness; promoting collective resistance through faith and demonstrating group problem solving through community art and dialogue.

Recommendations from this study include the need for social work profession to validate and disseminate the importance of using non-traditional practice methods when working with oppressed groups. This also includes the professions' employment of Black religious practice/Black church institutions in promoting social and economic reform.

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