Student Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

Fall 12-17-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Honors Designation


Program of Study




First Advisor

Barbara Katz Rothman


This paper investigates the ways race and racism mediate perceptions and experiences of depression among young Black Americans living in the New York metropolitan area. Based on 25 in-depth interviews with Black Americans between the ages of 18-28, the research shows that the Black identity exacerbates suffering for participants because it fundamentally changes how depression is lived, felt, and navigated. This study extends research about the lack of cultural competence among American health professionals, stigma surrounding mental illnesses among the Black American community, and the effects of the systematic dehumanization of Black bodies in American society.


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