The Determinants of Academic Performance of African American Males

Date of Award

Summer 2005

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Sociology & Criminal Justice


Applied Sociology

Committee Director

Judi Caron-Sheppard

Committee Member

Ingrid P. Whitaker

Committee Member

Edward Eule

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.S62 H356 2005


In this research on the academic performance of African American males I used data from the National Educational Longitudinal Study: Base Year 1988 to examine the factors that effect academic performance of one small group, the African American male. Independent variables that were used were SES, self-efficacy, self-esteem, two cultural variables, marital status of parents, and discipline. After controlling for SES two variables were related to GPA. The higher the self-efficacy of African American males the higher their GPA and the more discipline problems they had the lower their GPA. Results of this research identify the need to address cultural differences in some school systems with respect to African American males. Further studies are needed to improve low academic performance of African American males.


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