The Healthy Psychosocial Development of Black Males: The Relationship Between Wellness and Racial Identity Development

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Title: The Healthy Psychosocial Development of Black Males: The Relationship Between Wellness and Racial Identity Development
Author: Uzzell, Kamala Latori
Advisors: Siu-Man Raymond Ting, Committee Chair
Marc Grimmett, Committee Co-Chair
Stanley Baker, Committee Member
Sylvia Nassar-McMillan, Committee Member
Abstract: The life experiences of Black males are accompanied by a host of social, psychological, economic, and political pressures that affect his wellness and racial identity development, which in turn affects his healthy psychosocial development. The purpose of the study was to research the levels of wellness and racial identity development of Black males to determine if there is a relationship between the two. Two instruments were used to assess the levels of wellness and racial identity development. The instruments were the Black Male Wellness Measure and the Black Racial Identity Attitude Scale. Preliminary analyses were conducted to highlight background characteristics of the sample specific to wellness and to address the research aims of the study. A scree plot test was conducted to assess the actual number of components fro the Black Male Wellness Measure and it was confirmed that six or seven components could be extracted. Internal validity was assessed via exploratory principals components analysis. The study found that the majority (96.6%) of the participants in the study were at medium levels of wellness and 94.5% of the participants were at medium levels of racial identity development. Also, the study found that there is a relationship between wellness and racial identity development at all levels.
Date: 2007-11-09
Degree: PhD
Discipline: Counselor Education
URI: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/resolver/1840.16/3417


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