International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss


Health, Well-being and Women of Color Academics
Halaevalu F. Ofahengaue Vakalahi, Saundra Hardin Starks

This article discusses the multiple factors that contribute positively and/or negatively to the health and well-being of women of color academics. Framed by feminist and structuration theories as well as concepts of intersectionality and risk/protective factors, this grounded theory research included 33 women of color academics who completed a questionnaire relating to risk and protective factors that influence biological health and psycho-social well-being. The study found that many factors contribute to the biological health and psycho-social well-being of women of color academics. For instance, work related stress and anxiety; internalized unresolved experiences with racism in the workplace; isolation and withdrawal from social network due to overwhelming workload; weight problems; and financial strain were identified as negative contributors to one’s health and well-being. On the contrary, supportive family, friends, and mentors; spirituality; self-care such as exercise and healthy diet; adequate health care; and financial security were identified as positive contributors to one’s health and well-being.

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