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ERIC Number: ED562963
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 223
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-3034-8378-3
Images of Male Friendships: An Investigation of How African American Undergraduate Men Develop Interpersonal Relationships with Other Men at a Predominantly White Institution
McGowan, Brian Lamont
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Indiana University
African American men enter postsecondary institutions having been socialized to adopt stereotypical notions of masculinity. These traditional expectations of masculinity play a role in how African American men negotiate relationships with their male counterparts on the campus. African American men cultivate close relationships with other men to feel like men, but also learn from society to avoid behaviors and attitudes that could be perceived as feminine. Unfortunately, when considering male interpersonal relationships in the collegiate setting, many erroneous assumptions are made about how they are developed. Thus, the manner in which African American men develop interpersonal relationships with their male counterparts requires further investigation. The focus of this qualitative study was to understand the development of 17 African American male college students' interpersonal relationships with other men at a predominantly White institution. The use of both semi-structured and photo-elicitation interview formats provided study participants an opportunity to reflect on their precollege experiences, identity, and the processes involved in developing interpersonal relationships with other men. As a result of using grounded theory methodology, a conceptual model emerged during analysis that explains the process of developing male interpersonal relationships and illustrates that this phenomenon can best be understood as an interactive relationship between intentionally seeking relationships with men, developing the capacity for intimacy with men, and resolving identity conflicts. This model also considers precollege influences and environmental factors that play a role in participants' interpersonal relationships with other men. [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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