Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of Social Work

Degree Name


First Advisor

Dr. Richard Lyle

Second Advisor

Dr. Robert W. Waymer

Third Advisor

Naomi T. Ward


This study explores the relationship between personal motivation, academic concept and social concepts and academic achievement among select groups of African- American high school males. Ninety-one respondents were selected for the study. They were comprised of 45 students from the Advanced Placement track with grade point averages of 3.00 or higher and 46 from the General Education track with grade point averages of 2.00 or lower. The Achievement Motivation Profile (AMP) was administered to assess student motivation and the Multidimensional Self-concept Scale was administered to assess their academic and social concepts. Findings from the study revealed that there were significant differences in motivation and academic concepts between the two groups and both correlated with academic achievement. There was no statistically significant relationship between social concept and academic achievement.

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