Date of Graduation

Summer 2021


Master of Science in Child Life Studies


Childhood Education and Family Studies

Committee Chair

Lindsey Murphy


This study’s goal was to understand child life specialists’ knowledge and perception of White privilege. The purpose of this study was to examine child life specialists’ understanding of White privilege and to obtain their perspectives on the impact White privilege has on patient- and family-centered care within the hospital setting. Through qualitative interviews, participants defined “White privilege,” shared their perception of “White privilege” and the impact it has on patient- and family-centered care, as well their personal experience with diversity and inclusion training. Additionally, participants created their own personal lists of unearned advantages as an exercise of awareness and acknowledgement of their White privilege. These results provide insight into child life specialists’ knowledge and perception of White privilege. Furthermore, these results call for action within the child life community in order to improve diversity, equity and inclusion for students, professionals, and the patients and families served.


white privilege, child life specialist, patient- and family-centered care, hospital setting, racial discrimination, racism, health disparities, diversity and inclusion training, normalization

Subject Categories

Inequality and Stratification | Politics and Social Change | Race and Ethnicity | Social Justice


© Renee Elise Jamar Lee

Open Access