Date of Degree

6-2020

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Program

Psychology

Advisor

Steven Tuber

Committee Members

Diana Punales

Benjamin Harris

Subject Categories

Clinical Psychology | Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences

Keywords

racial discrimination, black men, work/life, work/family

Abstract

With the data derived from the life-narratives of a cohort of six African-American men, this study is an attempt to discern the effect that racial discrimination may have had on the love/work balance that developed as each participant progressed through his life-arc. The varying degrees of love/work imbalance, in the lives of the participants, are examined using a psychoanalytic framework. Through the use of this framework, each participant’s work environment becomes derivative of the aggressive aspects of the id and the family, friends and community environment (love) becomes derivative of the narcissistic aspects of the id. Although the participants, to a man, did not acknowledge racial discrimination as an inhibiting factor, as each participant progressed through his life-arc, their life-narrative data indicated otherwise.

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