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ERIC Number: EJ917180
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1172
Attitudes of African American Males regarding Counseling in Four Texas Universities
Williams, Alaric; Justice, Madeline
Education, v131 n1 p158-168 Fall 2010
The purpose of this study was to discern the attitudes of African American undergraduate male students regarding counseling in four Texas universities. In addition to the attitudes, the reasons why African American males do not choose to seek counseling served as a secondary purpose. The study also examined the comparison of attitudes between African American males at the total of four predominantly white universities and historically black universities. Student populations were surveyed using the "Attitudes Toward Seeking Professional Psychological Help Scale." Demographic information was collected for the purposes of reporting descriptive and inferential statistics. Participants included 212 African American male undergraduate students. Data were analyzed by examining the correlational relationships and comparisons of responses to the research instrument. The findings showed that no significant differences were found within (a) the attitudes of African American male college students regarding counseling in two historically black universities and two predominantly white universities, (b) the attitudes of lower level African American male students and upper level African American male students at two Historically Black Colleges & Universities, and (c) the attitudes of lower level African American male students and upper level African American male students on two predominantly white campuses. Based on the findings of this study, the following conclusions were drawn: At these universities, African American male undergraduate students have negative attitudes toward counseling; attitudes of African American male undergraduate students regarding counseling are similar between those who attend historically black universities and those who attend predominately white universities; the concerns of African American males regarding counseling include negative stigmas, signs of weakness, and embarrassment; and institutional characteristics seem to have no affect on the decision of African American male undergraduate students to seek counseling.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Counselors
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas