Stress and stress reduction among African American women: A brief report

Tiffany G. Townsend, Stephanie R. Hawkins, Ayonda Lanier Batts

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This brief report looks at the impact of discrimination, poverty and daily hassles on the stress and the subsequent health of African American women. Using this contextual framework, an Africentric, female-centered stress reduction program is presented to address the specific needs of this population. Thirty-three African American women between the ages of 22 and 63 participated in either an 8-h pilot of the proposed Africentric program or a 7-h standard stress reduction intervention. Descriptions of both interventions are presented. Implications for the use of stress reduction techniques in health promotion efforts among African American women are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)569-582
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Primary Prevention
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • African American women
  • Coping strategies
  • Health promotion
  • Stress reduction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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