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Womanist Ways of Knowing: Theoretical Considerations for Research with African American Women

Banks-Wallace, JoAnne RN, PhD

Advances in Nursing Science: March 2000 - Volume 22 - Issue 3 - p 33-45
Healing and Caring

Research designs that are congruent with theoretical frameworks of African American women are important. However, many researchers remain unfamiliar with womanist thought or are unsure of how it can be used to inform specific aspects of research design. The article explicates a womanist epistemologic framework that can undergird the development of intervention designs aimed at assisting African American women incorporate health-promoting behaviors into their lives.

Assistant Professor; Sinclair School of Nursing; University of Missouri; Columbia, Missouri

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