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Project Title:
The Effects of Racial Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic on African American Parents’ Parenting Efficacy, Discipline and Parent-Child Relationship

African American parents face significant challenges in their attempts to positively contribute to family functioning. Among these challenges are persistent and systemic racism, as well as the disproportionately deleterious effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

This places African American parents at risk for high levels of stress which has been associated with negative outcomes for children and families. Therefore, the purpose of the proposed mixed methods study is to examine the relationship between racism, the effects from the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors on African American parents’ parenting self efficacy, disciplinary practices and parent-child relationship.


Quantitative data analysis will include regression analysis and qualitative data will be collected via individual in-depth interviews and analyzed in the phenomenological tradition. Given the focus on the role of racism and its impact on parenting, it is noteworthy that the proposed study will take place in Louisville, Kentucky, the setting of the Breonna Taylor murder and subsequent racial unrest.

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Total Award


Funded by Walden University

IRB Approval #11-04-21-5264539

Expiration Date: November 3, 2022

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