Date of Award

5-1-1995

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

M.S.W.

First Advisor

Naomi T. Ward

Abstract

The overall objective of this study was to determine if there was a relationship between the middle school student's academic achievement and self-esteem and gender. The main objective is to become aware of factors that may or may not contribute to academic achievement of African American children.

Grade point averages from school files along with a self-esteem scale were administered to sixth grade students at an urban middle school, in a metropolitan city, in the southeastern United States. A population of forty students, 19 male and 21 females were surveyed.

The researcher hypothesized that there was no statistical significant relationship between academic achievement and self-esteem. Also, there is no difference between male and females with reference to self-esteem and no difference between academic achievement in relation to gender.

The researcher found no statistical significant relationship between academic achievement and self-esteem. Major findings and implications for social work practice are discussed.

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