Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School


First Advisor

Rusty McIntyre, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Natalie Dove, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Ann R. Eisenberg, Ph.D.


Research about the Strong Black Women (SBW) schema shows that it can have harmful outcomes when individuals are given a specific SBW stereotype to consider (Donovan & West, 2015). I examined the benefits of the SBW schema when participants were given a schema description absent of a specific exemplar or stereotype, a description of a person characterized by mostly positive traits related to the schema (as found in pilot data). Participants then attempted to match the description with a Black woman (or not) and reported how inspiring and reassuring the protagonist made them feel. It was hypothesized that the description would be matched more with a Black woman than not and would increase inspiration. Participants did not match the description to a Black woman the most often, nor did they rate a Black woman as the most inspirational.

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