Assessing the career aspirations, family structure and ability to succeed among African-American males

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Lee, Felecia A.
Lewis-Moss, Rhonda K.

Lee, Felecia and Rhonda Lewis-Moss(2009). Assessing the Career Aspirations, Family Structure and Ability to Succeed Among African-American Males. In Proceedings: 5th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p. 42-43


The purpose of the evaluation was to compare the career aspirations, family structure, and ability to succeed of African American males to other groups. Four hundred and seventy three males were surveyed at the baseline and 491 surveyed at the follow-up. The results revealed that African-Americans were more likely to aspire to be athletes than other ethnic groups. Thirty five percent of African American males reported living with their fathers compared to 68% of other ethnic groups. African American males aspired to attend college before and after the intervention. The follow-up revealed that young men stated that they had more people to look up to and the amount of exposure to the program affected whether the heroes influenced their goals.

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Paper presented to the 5th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Hughes Metropolitan Complex, Wichita State University, May 1, 2009.
Research completed at the Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences