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ERIC Number: ED556936
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 119
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3039-3089-8
Understanding the Role of Spirituality in African American Undergraduate Men's Responses to Stereotype Threat at Predominately White Institutions
Stroud, George H.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Widener University
Some African American undergraduate men attending Predominately White Institutions (PWIs) are adversely affected by perception of institutional barriers, such as negative stereotypes, that may exist on campus. The awareness of the possibility of being stereotyped can have a negative impact on a student's academic performance. This phenomenon is known as a stereotype threat. In response to perceived institutional barriers, there is some evidence that many undergraduate African American students rely on their spirituality as a coping mechanism. While there is a growing body of research regarding the academic experiences of African American undergraduate men at PWIs, little attention has been given to the role of spirituality in their responses to challenges. The purpose of this qualitative study was to understand how African American undergraduate men attending PWIs rely on their spirituality as a coping mechanism in response to stereotype threat. I conducted semi-structured interviews with 15 African American undergraduate men attending a PWI. Participants provided detailed accounts of their experiences, focusing on their reliance on spirituality in response to stereotype threat. Because this research explored the possible connection between academic experience and spirituality, I interviewed fifteen African American undergraduate men who attended a small, private, Catholic college located in northeastern United States. The findings from this study revealed that stereotype threat existed and spirituality was used as a coping mechanism for the participants. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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