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Assessment Of Social Support And Peer Influence As Factors Contributing To High School Completion Among African American Males

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dc.contributor.author Guillory, Kristen Shanutelle en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2008-04-22T02:41:26Z
dc.date.available 2008-04-22T02:41:26Z
dc.date.issued 2008-04-22T02:41:26Z
dc.date.submitted December 2007 en_US
dc.identifier.other DISS-1940 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10106/747
dc.description.abstract The study employed a non-experimental survey design to assess social support, spiritual beliefs and peer influence as contributing factors to high school completion among 203 African American males between 18 and 24 years old. A review of empirical and theoretical literature is presented. The participants completed a paper and pencil or online self report survey comprised of demographics, past psychosocial factors, the friends measure of the Texas Christian University/ Prevention Management and Evaluation System scales on family, friends, and self (TCU/PMES), and the Young Adult Social Support Index (YA-SSI). Descriptives revealed that students residing in "run down" communities and attending run down school are more likely to dropout of school. T-tests were used to evaluate the differences between participants who completed high school and participants who did not. A step-wise logistic regression model was used to determine which variables remained significant while controlling for certain psychosocial factors. Of the social support networks, social support from teachers, counselors, and administrators followed by spiritual beliefs were the most significant predictors of high school completion. The single best predictor of high school completion among the participants was peer influence. Based on these finding, implications for social work practice, policy and future research are presented. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Woody, Debra en_US
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.publisher Social Work en_US
dc.title Assessment Of Social Support And Peer Influence As Factors Contributing To High School Completion Among African American Males en_US
dc.type Ph.D. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeChair Woody, Debra en_US
dc.degree.department Social Work en_US
dc.degree.discipline Social Work en_US
dc.degree.grantor University of Texas at Arlington en_US
dc.degree.level doctoral en_US
dc.degree.name Ph.D. en_US
dc.identifier.externalLink https://www.uta.edu/ra/real/editprofile.php?onlyview=1&pid=337
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