Date of Award

Spring 5-22-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

MA - Master of Arts


Expressive Therapies


Tamar Hadar, PhD



This literature review investigates mental health awareness concerning social fears that Black Americans experience in public spaces during the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, this research aims to explore the daily encounters of the stressful societal realities and sociohistorical context of Black American women. Unfortunately, there is insufficient data about how social phobia disorder impacts the emotional well-being of the Black population. Therefore, this paper takes a deeper introspect on what triggers racial and social anxiety disorders among Black Americans in public spaces. It focuses mainly on the mental health experiences and self-perception of Black American women. In addition, the research acknowledges the reaction Black Americans take away from being racially profiled by-laws enforcement. Ultimately, this thesis demonstrates that expressive therapies, specifically narrative therapy, can allow Black women to tell their story and explore how therapists can help Black American women cope with feelings of isolation and rejection.

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