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Future aspirations and African-American adolescents: An exploration of aspirations as a protective factor for positive youth development of African-American adolescent in public housing


2009 2009

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Abstract (summary)

Using a cross-sectional research design, this dissertation sought to examine the extent to which the aspirations—one’s desires, hopes and dreams for future educational, career, family and social goals—could serve as a protective factor against adverse outcomes with a convenient sample of 182 African-American youth residing in public housing. Using several statistical procedures, the results revealed that aspiration had a moderating effect on the relationship between risk factor (exposure to violence) and adverse outcome (delinquent behavior). The results also revealed that among the psychological, sociological, environmental, and demographic predictors of aspirations, parental influence, particularly, maternal encouragement was the strongest predictor of youths’ aspirations and explained six percent of the total variance (total variance = ten percent). Implications for social work and recommendations for future research are presented.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Black studies;
Social work
Classification
0325: Black studies
0452: Social work
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Adolescents; African-American; African-American youth; Aspirations; Environmental influence; Future aspirations; Parental influence; Positive youth development; Protective factor; Public housing; Self-restraint
Title
Future aspirations and African-American adolescents: An exploration of aspirations as a protective factor for positive youth development of African-American adolescent in public housing
Author
Alston, Sharon T.
Number of pages
164
Publication year
2009
Degree date
2009
School code
0088
Source
DAI-A 70/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109125955
Advisor
Snell, Cudore; Abu-Bader, Soleman
Committee member
Brown, Annie; Davis, Molly; Freeman, Kimberley
University/institution
Howard University
Department
Social Work
University location
United States -- District of Columbia
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3354872
ProQuest document ID
304894746
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304894746
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