chapter  24
Mental Health and Well-Being of Black Women Toward Strategies of Empowerment
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A common aphorism about Black women is that they are triply disadvantaged due to their gender, their ethnicity, and their poverty. According to this view, Black women, as members of three low-status groups, represent the epitome of powerlessness in American society as compared to White middle-class males (Allen, 1981; Ladner, 1986; Pinderhughes, 1989). Presumably, this least favorable combination of low-status positions should predict negative social and psychological consequences for Black women (Belle, 1990; Bennett, 1987; Copeland, 1982).