Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of Education

Degree Name



Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Philip A. Bradley


The purpose of the study was to statistically determine whether black males who have been suspended from school differed in their locus of control orientation from black males who have not been suspended from school.

A total of 80 students participated in this study. The students were selected at random and asked to respond to the 40 items of the Children•s Nowicki-Strickland Locus of Control Instrument.

The statistical test used to analyze the data was the t-test. The .05 level of significance was adopted for the study. Data analysis indicated that there was no significant difference between suspended and non-suspended black males either in terms of locus of control orientation or in terms of grade point average.

It is recommended that further research be conducted to determine if there are locus of control differences without at-risk populations.

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