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The impact of family structure on African American male college success
by Hyatt, Vergil A., Ph.D., Capella University, 2016, 118; 10038426
Abstract (Summary)

This quantitative research study examined the relationship between degree attainment of 99 African American males from dual-parent and single parent families. This empirical investigational study examined the relationship between type of family support from dual and single parent families on African American males’ academic success. The variables tested were dissimilarities, the amount, and the differentiation in degree attainment. Participants completed an online survey that included an informed consent form, demographic questions as well as survey questions regarding their relationship with and support from their families. The survey also required the participant to answer questions that provided information about family activities, structure and relationships, organization, activities, emotional support, and methods of communication. Moos and Moos’ (2002) Family Environment Scale (FES) Real Form (Form R) was used to measure people’s perception and attitude of their actual family environments. The relationship subscale was used to ascertain measurements of cohesion, expressiveness, and conflict. This study addressed three research hypotheses pertaining to the type of family situation (dual versus single-parent homes). None was statistically significant, thereby providing support to retain all three null hypotheses. Study results indicated the success of African American males and their degree attainment is due in part to the familial support and encouragement. The outcomes yielded from the study suggest that regardless of the type of family structure whether dual or single parent, there are common variables within both family systems that aid the individuals in persisting in their efforts to obtain their undergraduate degree.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Block, Michael
Commitee: Comeau, Joan, Smith, Al
School: Capella University
Department: Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 77/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: African American Studies, Black studies, Behavioral psychology, Individual & family studies, Higher education
Keywords: African-American, Degree attainment, Family support, Men
Publication Number: 10038426
ISBN: 978-1-339-54888-3
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