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Feeling Invisible & Unheard: The Impact of Racist Stereotypes on Black Teenage Girls

In a new study entitled "Feeling Invisible & Unheard: A Qualitative Exploration of Gendered-Racist Stereotypes' Influence on Sexual Decision Making and Mistreatment of Black Teen Girls," Yale School of Public Health Assistant Professor Ijeoma Opara, Ph.D., LMSW, M.P.H., and colleagues find that Black teenage girls face a number of gendered racist stereotypes that can impact their decision making in romantic relationships, lower their self-esteem and leave them feeling powerless and invisible to others. The study used Black feminist thought as a guiding framework.

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Published: Sunday, February 20, 2022