The effects of termination: A phenomenological study of the experience of black women

by Bushnell, Yulya A., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2014, 234 pages; 3634673


History reflects that Black women's issues have not held the same significance in the civil rights struggle as other race matters have, even though no other subgroup has experienced long suffering and humiliation like Black women. Throughout history Black women have been the glue that has held the family together emotionally, financially and physically. This study examined the career experiences of Black women with an emphasis on the repercussions regarding termination of employment. Research has shown that job loss has a stressful and negative impact on an individual's life. Although researchers have analyzed the effects of termination from the viewpoint of the organizations, survivors and men, little is known about the viewpoint of those fired, particularly when they are non-White and female. It is not known how termination affects Black women therefore the purpose of this qualitative study is to explore the impact that termination of employment has had on their lives. The study will inform readers about Black women's experiences, in their own words, so that an understanding of how each Black woman dealt with termination and to answer the research question What effect does termination have on Black women? Although there is broad literature on the effects of termination, there has been no other research that focused on the effects of termination on Black women. Although the findings based on the real experience of these 10 Black women is similar in nature to what the literature states about termination as a whole, the findings of this study further explain the effects of termination from the point of view of Black women who have experienced it. This research showed that termination affects Black women both financially, mentally and physically. It is life altering in that it is hard to bounce back. Based on their perception of the event all participants believe it is based on the race and gender and not their education.

AdviserTiffany Green
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsBlack studies; Management
Publication Number3634673

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