Date of Award

5-1-2014

Degree Type

Dissertation

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

Ph.D.

First Advisor

Richard Lyle, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Robert W. Waymer, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Margaret Counts-Spriggs, Ph.D.

Abstract

This study examined the relationship of the winter break as influenced by occurrences of first semester and its effect on retention, self-efficacy and perceived social support for freshmen students. The target population for this research study was composed of freshmen students in the Atlanta University Center (AUC). One hundred and seventy-five respondents were selected, utilizing non-probability convenience sampling. The research found that there was a statistically significant relationship between winter break as influenced by first semester occurrences and retention, selfefficacy and perceived social support for freshmen students.

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