Black Middle-Class Women in the American Healthcare System
This chapter presents the first key finding of the book. In it, women describe their perceptions of healthcare providers including the challenges they face trying to avoid race, gender, and other forms of discrimination. The chapter also analyzes how the specific stereotypes levied against Black American women negatively affect their relationships with healthcare providers. Furthermore, the chapter presents specific strategies Black women use to mitigate discrimination including emphasizing their cultural health capital (e.g., facility with medical terminology) and socioeconomic resources. However, these data suggest that the strategies women use to resist discrimination may still be experienced as a form of stress that negatively affects their health.
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