Date of Award

5-1-1994

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

M.S.W.

First Advisor

Dr. Gale Horton

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to assess the health status of African American males in college through self-reported lifestyle behaviors of smoking, alcohol use, drug use, sexual behavior and diet. The research examined the relationship between health status and lifestyle behaviors and the academic performance of African American males attending college.

The sample consisted of thirty African American males attending college at one of the four institutions of the Atlanta University complex. The findings of this study revealed that the lifestyle of African American males in relation to smoking, alcohol use, drug use, sexual behavior and diet while attending college has a relationship with their grade point average. Selected implications of this study is that additional research on the health status of African American males is needed and that social work professionals must be trained to more appropriately address the health needs of minority populations.

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