Date of Award

5-1-2009

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

M.S.W.

Department

Social Work and Public Health

First Advisor

Dr. Susan Kossak

Abstract

This study examines the post relationship effects of African American males who were verbally abused by their African American fathers. The participants, n200, were randomly selected, and via survey, identified a sexual preference as either heterosexual or homosexual. The participant’s ages range between 15 and 64. The study was based on the premise that African American males who were verbally abused by their African American fathers were likely to demonstrate aggressive, hostile and violent behavior in academics, homes, and intimate relationships. A statistical and correlation analysis approach was used to analyze data gathered from the 200 African American male participants. The researcher found that there were significant relationships between African American males and verbal abuse in academics, homes, and intimate relationships. The researcher found that homosexuals were more likely to respond aggressively and violently in instances were verbal abuse occurred. The major conclusion drawn from the findings suggest that verbal abuse experienced by African American males in childhood is likely to be demonstrated in their own adulthood behavior.

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