Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology


Counseling Psychology

Content Description

1 online resource (iv, 70 pages)

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Alex L Pieterse

Committee Members

Jessica L Martin, Kelly K Wissman


Biphobia, Black bisexual women, Gendered racism, Growth, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, African American bisexual women, Racism against Blacks, Self-actualization (Psychology), Intersectionality (Sociology)

Subject Categories

Counseling Psychology


The psychological impacts of marginalization have been well documented in the social science literature. Black bisexual women are a group that has experienced marginalization and oppression related to their racial, sexual, and gender identities. What has not yet been examined is the extent to which Black bisexual women report experiencing growth following instances of discrimination. Using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, this study aimed to explore and understand the growth experiences of Black bisexual women who have experienced biphobia and gendered racism. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with self-identified Black bisexual women, ranging in age from 21 to 63. Nine interviews were completed, including one pilot interview that was not used in data analysis. The resulting themes were (a) Experiences of Discrimination at the Intersections, and (b) Pride in the “B,” each with subthemes. Clinical practice implications and future research recommendations are discussed.