Mind, body, and spirit: a constructivist grounded theory study of wellness among middle-class Black women

Quenette L. Walton, Jacquelyn V. Coats, Kia Skrine Jeffers, Joan M. Blakey, Alexandra N. Hood, Tyreasa Washington

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Abstract

Previous studies show that Black women in the United States experience disproportionately poorer health outcomes compared to women of other racial/ethnic groups. Recently the focus is on improving the health of Black women in the United States. However, there is little empirical evidence on what Black women need to improve their health to be well. The goal of this constructivist grounded theory was to increase the understanding of wellness among middle-class Black women (N = 30) in a large Midwestern city in the United States through an intersectional lens. The findings show that the connection and balance between mind, body, and spirit was the core experience of wellness among middle-class Black women. Mind, body, and spirit was described in three ways—(a) mentally managing, (b) physically caring for my body, and (c) connecting spiritually—with the women also noting the barriers and facilitators they endured to be well. Each of these categories highlight the tension middle-class Black women experience with trying to be well. Implications for future practice and research with middle-class Black women are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2278288
JournalInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023

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© 2023 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Keywords

  • Black women
  • constructivist grounded theory
  • cultural perspectives
  • intersectionality
  • wellness

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