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Promoting positive youth development by examining the career and educational aspirations of African American males: implications for designing educational programs

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dc.contributor Wichita State University. Department of Psychology en_US
dc.contributor.author Lee, Felecia A. en_US
dc.contributor.author Lewis-Moss, Rhonda K. en_US
dc.contributor.author Sly, Jamilia Raki en_US
dc.contributor.author Carmack, Chakema C. en_US
dc.contributor.author Roberts, Shani Roshelle en_US
dc.contributor.author Basore, Polly en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-29T16:34:42Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-29T16:34:42Z
dc.date.issued 2011-11 en_US
dc.identifier 21992020.0 en_US
dc.identifier 9702085 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Journal of prevention & intervention in the community. 2011 Oct; 39(4): 299-309. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1540-7330 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1085-2352 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10852352.2011.606402 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10057/4639
dc.description Click on the DOI link below to access the article (may not be free). en_US
dc.description.abstract African American males experience poor academic performance, high absenteeism at school, and are at increased risk of being involved in violence than other racial groups. Given that the educational outlook for African American males appears bleak, it is important to assess the aspirations of these adolescent males in order to find the gap between aspirations and educational attainment. In order to promote positive development within this population, it is essential that factors that affect African American males be identified. A survey was administered to male students attending elementary, middle, and high schools in a local school district. A cross-sectional study was conducted to examine the career and educational aspirations of African American males. A total of 473 males were surveyed: 45% African American, 22% Caucasian, 13% biracial, and 19% Other (including Asian American, Hispanic, Native American). The results revealed that African American males aspired to attend college at the same rate as other ethnic groups. Also, African American males were more likely to aspire to be professional athletes than males from other ethnic groups. Important factors to consider when designing a program are discussed as well as future research and limitations. en_US
dc.format.extent 299-309 en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Routledge en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Prevention & Intervention In The Community en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries J Prev Interv Community en_US
dc.source NLM en_US
dc.title Promoting positive youth development by examining the career and educational aspirations of African American males: implications for designing educational programs en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.coverage.spacial United States en_US
dc.description.version peer reviewed en_US
dc.rights.holder Copyright © 2011 Routledge en_US

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