Black male college students' resilient coping responses to non-stranger racial microaggressions

Gary L. Dillon, Fordham University

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the experiences of racial microaggressions from non-stranger perpetrators and coping strategies among Black male undergraduate students between the ages of 18–25. Semistructured interviews were conducted with 11 Black male college students who had encountered and acknowledged their experience of racial microaggressions from people whom they had established relationships with, non-strangers. A phenomenological methodology was used to elicit and explore the lived experiences of these young Black men. Results of analysis yielded 6 themes: (a) Reactions, (b) Confrontation considerations, (c) Relational factors, (d) Confrontational style, (e) Interaction impact, and (f) Coping. Clinical and theoretical implications for racial microaggressions specifically with non-stranger perpetrators were discussed, as well as directions for future research.^

Subject Area

African American studies|Counseling Psychology|Gender studies

Recommended Citation

Dillon, Gary L., "Black male college students' resilient coping responses to non-stranger racial microaggressions" (2016). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI10145787.
https://fordham.bepress.com/dissertations/AAI10145787

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