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Elisabeth Weinbaum


African American women have high rates of depression and anxiety and are more likely to experience marital instability. Work-life balance (WLB) has been a topic of growing discussion and research as the number of women in the workplace has increased significantly. Researchers have demonstrated that women who work full time outside of the home have the unique challenge of fulfilling work obligations while taking care of household responsibilities. Work-life balance (WLB) has been a topic of discussion and research as the numbers of women in the workplace have increased significantly in the United States. The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological study was to better understand the experiences of married African American women and how they manage the demands of both work and family. The theoretical framework was black feminist theory and work life border theory. Participants consisted of married African American women (n =11) who worked full time outside of their home. Data from interviews consisting of open-ended questions and a thematic analysis was conducted for common themes and meanings. Findings reinforce that of current empirical literature on the importance of having a flexible job and a supportive spouse in order to obtain a work-life balance. Using study findings, social psychologists, employers, and the general public may be more culturally competent in their knowledge of the specific challenges facing African American women, which may lead to potential positive social change. For instance, employers may be better able to meet the needs of their African American female employees, which may help to promote greater WLB, better emotional health, and increased life satisfaction for these women.