Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Department of Psychology: Clinical-Counseling Psychology

First Advisor

Suejung Han


This study examined if perceived level of stress for Black /African American students was exacerbated by their disability status. This study also examined the relationship between Africultural coping, minority stressors (racial minority stress, disability related stress) and perceive stress level. 123 students who identified themselves as Black/African American enrolled in two Midwestern universities participated in the online survey of this study (n = 39 with disabilities; n= 84 with no disabilities). Results showed that Black students with disabilities reported higher level of perceived stress compared to those with no disabilities. Racial minority stressors, and societal barrier component of disability related stressors were positively associated with perceived stress significantly. Africultural coping did not moderate the association between racial minority stressors and perceived stress nor the one between disability-related stressors and perceived stress. This suggests that Africultural coping may not reduce felt stress encountered by racism and ableism. Implications and future research directions were discussed.


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