Debunking the myth of the "angry, Black woman": An exploration of anger in young, African American women

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Jeanette Walley-Jean
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Research on anger in African American females is lacking yet extremely important. The “angry, Black woman” stereotype has dominated society’s view of African American females; however, evidence supporting the stereotype is non-existent. This project explored anger in seventy-six African-American women. Participants completed the State-Trait Anger Expression Inventory-2. It was hypothesized that participant scores would be higher than the normative sample. Study participants reported significantly less Angry Reaction. Additionally, younger women reported significantly less Anger Expression-Out while older women reported significantly less Anger Control-In. Results of the study provide initial empirical evidence debunking the stereotype of the “angry, Black woman.”
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