Date of Award

January 2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Counseling Psychology & Community Services

First Advisor

Tamba-Kuii M. Bailey


Research suggests a reduced sense of well-being in women of color who have been experiencing discrimination based on gender or race. Surprisingly, the intersectional discrimination of both gender and race, termed as Gendered Racism, on women of color has received much less attention than the individual variables. The present study seeks to fill a void in literature by offering to examine some effects of gendered racism on aspects of well-being in this population. This study examines the predictiveness of intersectional discrimination based on race and gender – called Gendered Racism - on the well-being of women of color. Well-being was measured by aspects of mental and physical health. Problem Focused coping was examined as a predictor of the aspects of the mental and physical health of women of color. Hypotheses stated that gendered racism and problem focused coping would predict the aspects of physical and mental health, and that gendered racism would be associated either positively or negatively with the domains of mental and physical health. Data was collected online from 150 participants across the country using convenient sampling. Linear regression and correlation analyses were conducted on the data to find evidence on the four broad hypotheses. Results showed that two of the main four hypotheses were supported, and other hypotheses were partially supported. There were some surprising results which might provide future research directions on the association of forms of coping on well-being.