Psychology Professor Tells O, The Oprah Magazine How Black Women Suffer from Financial Anxiety

Angela Neal-Barnett HeadshotAngela Neal-Barnett, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences, says there is a stressful expectation for black women in corporate America to financially provide for their family.

“Many grew up as the golden child, so their family looks to them to take care of everything,” Neal-Barnett said in an interview with O, The Oprah Magazine. “Even in childhood and adolescence, many Black women were placed in a caregiving role. Once they get into the workforce, especially if they have the ‘fancy’ job like attorney or doctor, it’s expected that they will step up.”

Neal-Barnett describes how the Sisters Offering Support (SOS) program she runs can assist black professional women who experience financial anxiety.

Neal-Barnett is an award-winning psychologist, author and director of the Program for Research on Anxiety Disorders among African Americans where she implements the SOS program and conducts research focused on  anxiety in African Americans.

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POSTED: Tuesday, September 3, 2019 01:52 PM
Updated: Friday, December 9, 2022 08:36 AM
Leah Marxen