Riggins, R. K., McNeal, C., & Herndon, M. K. (2008). THE ROLE OF SPIRITUALITY AMONG AFRICAN-AMERICAN COLLEGE MALES ATTENDING A HISTORICALLY BLACK UNIVERSITY. College Student Journal, 42(1), 70-81.
Previous research has examined the notion that African-Americans tend to have a strong religious orientation. However, studies have ignored the relationship between spirituality and academic performance among African-Americans. In this qualitative study, spirituality among 13 African-American college male students enrolled at a predominately Black institution was investigated. This research replicated a study conducted by Dr. Michael Herndon who analyzed spirituality among African-American college male students at a predominately white institution (PWI). Three major themes emerged that were similar in Herndon’s study: prayer is used for guidance and coping, spirituality is used in a social context and social support from religious institutions. These results suggest that if African American males capitalize and embrace their spirituality they may continue their collegiate experience. ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR
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