Publications - Book & Journal Articles

Details about Dr. West’s award-winning book, Violence in the Lives of Black Women: Battered, Black, and Blue are available on her Book page. Below are selected journal articles and book chapters. Please see Dr. West’s Curriculum Vitae for a complete list of her publications.

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“Of particular note is the chapter written by Carolyn M. West….with a deep commitment to the study of violence in the lives of African American women, her chapter is a true wake-up call. Of import are Dr. West’s strategies for specific ways in which empowerment of these girls can be assisted”
-Aida Sapp, Ph.D.
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Domestic Violence

West, C. M. (2016). African Immigrant Women and Intimate Partner Violence: A Systematic Review. Journal of Aggression Maltreatment and Trauma, 25(1), 4-17.

West, C. M. (2016). Living in a web of trauma: An ecological examination of violence among African Americans (pp. 649-665). In C. C. Cuevas & C. M. Rennison (Eds.), The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook on the Psychology of Violence. John Wiley & Sons.

West, C. M. (2016). Hidden in Plain Sight: Structural Inequalities and (In)visible Violence in the Lives of African American Women (pp. 85-102). In L. Wilton & E. Short (Eds.), Talking about Structural Inequalities in Everyday Life: New Politics of Race in Groups, Organizations, and Social Systems. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Lacey, K. K., West, C. M., Matusko, N., & Jackson J. S. (2016). Prevalence and factors associated with severe intimate partner violence among U.S. Black women: A comparison of African American and Caribbean Blacks. Violence Against Women, 22(6), 651-670.

West, C. M. (2012). Partner abuse in ethnic minority and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender populations. Partner Abuse, 3(3), 336-357
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West, C. M. (2012). Partner Abuse State of Knowledge (PASK). African American Literature Review.
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West, C. M. (2008). “A thin line between love and hate?” Black men as victims and perpetrators of dating violence. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma, 16(3), 238-257.

West, C. M. (2007). Dating violence among African American couples. In N. A. Jackson (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Domestic Violence (pp. 235-238). New York: Routledge.

West, C. M. (2005). Domestic violence in ethnically and racially diverse families: The “political gag order” has been lifted. In N. Sokoloff (Ed.), Domestic violence at the margins: A reader at the intersection of race, class, and gender (pp. 157-173). New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University.

Banks, M. E., Ackerman, R. J., Yee, B. W., & West, C. M. (2005). Stress and trauma in the lives of women of color. In K. A. Kendall-Tackett (Ed.), The handbook of women, stress, and trauma (pp. 207-228). New York: Brunner-Routledge.

West, C. M. (2004). Black women and intimate partner violence: New directions for research. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 19(12), 1487-1493.

West, C. M. (2004). Leaving a second closet: Outing partner violence in same-sex couples. In B.R. Price & N. J. Sokoloff (Eds.), The criminal justice system and women: Offenders, prisoners, victims, and workers (pp. 375-389). New York: McGraw-Hill.

West, C. M. (2002). Battered, black, and blue: An overview of violence in the lives of Black women. Women & Therapy, 25(3/4), 5-27.

West, C. M. (2002). “I find myself at therapy’s doorstep”: Summary and suggested readings on violence in the lives of Black women. Women & Therapy, 25(3/4), 193-201.

West, C. M. (2002). Lesbian intimate partner violence: Prevalence and dynamics. Journal of Lesbian Studies, 6(1), 121-127.

West, C. M. (2002). Black battered women: New directions for research and Black feminist theory. In L.H. Collins, M. Dunlap, & J. Chrisler (Eds.), Charting a new course for feminist psychology (pp. 216-237). Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.

Mahoney, P., Williams, L. M., & West, C. M. (2001). Violence against women by intimates. In C.M. Renzetti, R. K. Bergen, & J. L. Edleson, (Eds.), Sourcebook on violence against women (pp. 143-178). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

West, C. M., & Rose, S. M. (2000). Dating aggression among low income African American youth: An examination of gender differences and antagonistic beliefs. Violence Against Women, 6(5), 470-494.

James, W. H., West, C., Deters, K. E., & Armijo, E. (2000). Youth dating violence. Adolescence, 35(139), 455-465.

West, C. M., Kaufman Kantor, G., & Jasinski, J. L. (1998). Sociodemographic predictors and cultural barriers to help-seeking behavior by Latinas and Anglo American battered women. Violence and Victims, 13(4), 361-375.

West, C. M. (1998). Leaving a second closet: Outing partner violence in same-sex couples. In J.L. Jasinski & L. M. Williams (Eds.), Partner violence: A comprehensive review of 20 years of research (pp. 163-183). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

West, C. M. (1998). Lifting the “political gag order”: Breaking the silence around partner violence in ethnic minority families. In J. L. Jasinski & L. M. Williams (Eds.), Partner violence: A comprehensive review of 20 years of research (pp. 184-209). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Sexual Assault

West, C. M. & Johnson, K. (2013, March). Sexual violence in the lives of African American women. Harrisburg, PA: VAWnet, a project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence/Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

West, C. M. (2010). Resistance as recovery: Winning a sexual harassment complaint. In A. White (Ed.), African Americans doing feminism: Putting theory into everyday practice (pp. 175-188). New York: State University of New York Press.

Buchanan, N. T., & West, C. M. (2009). Sexual harassment in the lives of women of color. In H. Landrine & N. F. Russo (Eds.), Handbook of diversity in feminist psychology (pp. 449-469). New York: Springer Publishing.

Koss, M. P., Abbey, A., Campbell, R., Cook, S., Norris, J., Testa, M., Ullman, S., West, C. M., & White, J. (2007). Revising the SES: A collaborative process to improve assessment of sexual aggression and victimization. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 31(4), 357-370.

West, C. M. (October, 2006). Sexual violence in the lives of African American women: Risk, response, and resilience. Harrisburg, PA: VAWnet, a project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence/Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Banyard, V. L., Williams, L. M., Siegel, J. A., & West, C. M. (2002). Childhood sexual abuse in the lives of Black women: Risk and resilience in a longitudinal study. Women & Therapy, 25 (3/4), 45-58.

West, C. M., Williams, L. M., & Siegel, J. (2000). Adult sexual revictimization among Black women sexually abused in childhood: A prospective examination of serious consequences of abuse. Child Maltreatment, 5(1), 49-57.

Images of Black Women

West, C. M. (2009). Still on the auction block: The (s)exploitation of Black adolescent girls in rap(e) music and hip hop culture. In S. Olfman (Ed.), The sexualization of childhood (pp. 89-102). Westport, CT: Praeger Press.

West, C. M. (2008). Mammy, Jezebel, Sapphire, and their homegirls: Developing an "oppositional gaze" toward the images of Black women. In J. Chrisler, C. Golden, & P. Rozee (Eds.), Lectures on the psychology of women (4th ed., pp. 286-299). New York: McGraw Hill.

West, C. M. (2004). Mammy, Jezebel, and Sapphire: Developing an "oppositional gaze" toward the images of Black women. In J. Chrisler, C. Golden, & P. Rozee (Eds.), Lectures on the psychology of women (3rd ed., pp 236-252). New York: McGraw-Hill.

West, C. M. (2000). Developing an "oppositional gaze" toward the images of Black women. In J. Chrisler, C. Golden, & P. Rozee (Eds.), Lectures on the psychology of women (2nd ed., pp. 220-233). Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill.

West, C. M. (1995). Mammy, Sapphire, and Jezebel: Historical images of Black women and their implications for psychotherapy. Psychotherapy, 32(3), 458-466.

Other Publications

Bridges, A. J., Condit, D. M., Dines, G., Johnson, J. A., & West, C. M. (2015). Introducing Sexualization, Media, & Society. Sexualization, Media, and Society, April-June, 1-4.

West, C.M. (2012). Violence, Racial. In D. R. Berry & D. A. Alford (Eds.). Enslaved women in America: An Encyclopedia (pp. 319-322). Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press.

Major, B. A., Appelbaum, M., Beckman, L., Dutton, M.A., Russo, N. F., & West, C. (2009). Abortion and mental health: Evaluating the evidence. American Psychologist, 64(9), 863-890.

Major, B., Appelbaum, M., Beckman, L., Dutton, M. A., Russo, N. F., & West, C. (2008). American Psychological Association, Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion. Report of the Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion. Washington, DC:

Drogin, E. Y., Connell, M. A., Foote, W. E., Sturm, C. A., Hancock, K. A., Cerbone, A. R., de la Cancerla, V., Galietta, M., James, L. C., Jerome, L. W., Knight, S. J., Lally, S., Lovejoy, G. D., Spring, B. J., West, C. M., & Witt, P. H. (2007). Record Keeping Guidelines. American Psychologist, 62(9), 993-1004.

West, C. M. (2005) Violence. In D. C. Hine (Ed.) Black women in America: An historical encyclopedia (pp. 281-287). Oxford University Press.

Strum, C. A.; Hancock, K. A.; Cerbone, A. R.; de La Canceia, V.; Connell, M. A.; Foote, W. E.; Galietta, M. M.; James, L. C.; Jerome, L. M.; Knight, S. J.; Mohr, D. C.; West, C. M.; Witt, P. H.; Tucker, J. A.; Grossman, L. R.; Shullman, S. L.; Reed, G.; McLaughlin, C. J.; Kay-Roth, L.; Renniman, E. (2005). Determination and documentation of the need for practice guidelines. American Psychologist, 60(9), 976-978.

West, C. M. (2003). "Feminism is a Black thing"? Feminist contributions to Black family life. In Lee A. Daniels (Ed.), The state of Black America: The Black family building on its resilience (pp. 13-27). New York: National Urban League.

Stake, J. E., Roades, L., Rose, S., Ellis, L., & West, C. M. (1994). The women’s studies experience: Impetus for feminist activism. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 18(1), 17-24.

Journal

Dr. West is one of the founding co-editors of Sexualization, Media, and Society a peer-reviewed, open-access interdisciplinary journal that provides a premier resource for diverse scholars and activists interested in critically examining the phenomenon of sexualized media as it affects individuals, relationships, communities, and societies.