Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of Education

Degree Name


Counseling and Human Development

First Advisor

Professor Gaylene Perrault


It has been suggested that personal unresolved racial identity conflicts among African-American counselor trainees may negatively influence potential counseling situations involving African-American clients. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to examine racial identity levels of AfricanAmerican counselor trainees enrolled in a predominantly Black university in Atlanta, Georgia. The sample consisted of 18 males and 46 female graduate counseling students. The Social Attitude Scale (SAS) was utilized for this study to measure hierarchial levels of the Negro-to-Black conversion process. Results obtained from frequency analysis, indicated that most survey respondents appeared to be operating at the lowest level of the Negro-to-Black conversion process. These findings indicate that some African-American counselor trainees may possess racial identity conflicts that may negatively impact "Black on Black" counseling relationships.

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