Racialized Perceptions of Motherhood: The Pervasiveness of Implicit Biases in Race-Conscious Biomedical Research
Barriers to accessing healthcare are pervasive across American society, and have profoundly detrimental consequences. Historically and presently, racial discrimination is one of these barriers. Focusing on a biomedical research study, Prenatal-to-Preschool, conducted by Penn and CHOP, this poster seeks to understand whether and how implicit biases and internalized, racialized stereotypes can affect researchers' perceptions of people of color. This poster uses both a quantitative and qualitative approach to understanding such phenomena within the race-conscious study that longitudinally examines child neurodevelopmental outcomes and the syndemic effects of racism coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic. Quantitative results of the poster show that when an early group of racially homogenous researchers interpreted mother/child interactions, researchers found Black mothers less expressive of love and respect to their children as compared to the white mothers in the study. In the later years of the longitudinal study, the research staff reflects a lesser racial homogeneity. Qualitatively, this poster examines an instance of child abuse alleged by a researcher and situates it within discussions of the over-policing of people of color and the consequence societal, anti-Black stereotypes.