A study of factors influencing cultural resilience among African American women survivors of hurricane Katrina residing in post-Katrina New Orleans

Collection:
Atlanta University and Clark Atlanta University Theses and Dissertations
Title:
A study of factors influencing cultural resilience among African American women survivors of hurricane Katrina residing in post-Katrina New Orleans
Creator:
Franklin, Enchante M.
Date of Original:
2020-07
Subject:
Degrees, Academic
Dissertations, Academic
Location:
United States, Georgia, Fulton County, Atlanta, 33.749, -84.38798
Medium:
theses
dissertations
Type:
Text
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application/pdf
Description:
Through the lens of socioecological systems and cultural resilience, this study examined multiple factors influencing cultural resilience among African American women who are survivors of Hurricane Katrina residing in post-Katrina New Orleans. Factors were categorized based on resilience themes. This study injects additional research into the Afrocentric body of knowledge on social work practices, government disaster policy, and self-facilitation of resilience among African American women and their children during and after a disaster. This study can inform decision-makers on legislative, social, or environmental structures developed with culturally focused language and corresponding budgeting allocations for recovery, to empower resilient communities facing infrastructural changes. Disasters impact the lives of millions of people: tornados, hurricanes, floods, epidemics, and pandemics. A total of 200 African American women anonymously responded to an electronic survey as volunteer participants to determine factors that influence cultural resilience, defined as the ways an individual’s cultural background (i.e., culture, cultural values, language, customs, and norms) helps them and their communities overcome adversity. Participants responded to a 24-question survey (quantitative and qualitative open-ended)—” Factors Influencing Cultural Resilience Survey“—disseminated through Qualtrics, an electronic data-collection system. All respondents participated in the study voluntarily. Data analysis was descriptive, employing frequency and percent distributions of respondents and analytical procedures. Descriptive findings included demographics and disaster-survival experiences. Analytical procedures tested and correlated themes of resilience with six independent variables: culture, social support, mental health treatment, religion, and mobility. A positive moderate correlation emerged with mobility, which was also a factor that influenced cultural resilience and mental well-being among African American female survivors of Hurricane Katrina residing in post-Katrina New Orleans.
Date of award: 2020-07
Degree type: dissertation
Degree name: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Granting institution: Clark Atlanta University
Department: School of Social Work
Advisor: Counts-Spriggs, Margaret
Metadata URL:
http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12322/cau.td:2020_franklin_enchante_m
Holding Institution:
Clark Atlanta University
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