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Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of Arts and Sciences

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Educational Leadership


The problems among young black males stem from many areas such as lack of occupational opportunity, low self-esteem, living in a violent environment, drugs, etc. The root of the problem of black males may be the absence of the father in the black family. This research examines the direct relationship between the absence of the black father and the problems of the young black male. The relationship between the absent father and the problems of the young black male is definitely a strong one. Black males need strong black fathers as models in which to live their lives. They need them for their self-esteem, because without them they are missing a part of themselves. The absent black father tends to turn into a cycle among black males. Young black males whose fathers were not there for them tend not to be there for their children. This research shows the relationship between the absent black father and his black male children’s development, socially, and psychologically. This research also includes the results of a survey of 25 black men who have either been to jail, are on probation, have criminal records, have pending criminal charges.

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