Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Second Department

Africana Studies

Reader 1

Sheila Walker

Reader 2

Eric Hurley


Very little research exists that looks at the role Black children, specifically Black girls, often play in the upkeep of their families. This deficiency makes it impossible to fully understand the experiences of Black women as there is limited work that seeks to explore how their family's economic circumstances contributed to their duties at home and how this role they played went on to inform how they approached personal and societal difficulties. This qualitative study will examine the experiences of parentification of twenty Black women in both New York City, New York and Claremont, CA. The two 90 minute long focus groups will be conducted to not only gain insight on how parentification informs stress response, but to tangentially examine the effect of class on these experiences.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.