ABSTRACTTHE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN RACIAL IDENTITY, PERCEIVED RACIALDISCRIMINATION, AND THE ACADEMIC SELF-CONCEPT OF AFRICANAMERICAN COLLEGE MEN: A MIXED-METHODS EXAMINATIONLitesa Wallace, Ed.D.Department of Leadership Educational Psychology, and Foundations Northern Illinois University 2013Jennifer Schmidt, Director The academic experiences of African American male college students have been thefocus of recent social scientific research. This dissertation focuses on three specific factors of the educational experiences of African American male college students
perceived racialdiscrimination, racial identity and academic Self-Concept. Four questions guided this study(1) What is the relationship between perceived racial discrimination (PRD) and academicSelf-Concept (ASC)?, (2)What is the relationship between racial identity (RID) and PRD?, (3)What is the relationship between RID and ASC?, and (4) Does the relationship between perceived racial discrimination and academic Self-Concept differ depending on racialidentity? If so, how? (a) Is the relationship between PRD and ASC different for students atdifferent levels of RID? (b) Does RID moderate the association between PRD and ASC? Theresearch method employed by this dissertation was a mixed-methods, sequential design. Thismethod is characterized by one data collection procedure being the basis for the subsequent procedure. Quantitative data were collected using the Academic Self-Concept Scale, CrossSocial Attitudes Scale and Perceived Racial Discrimination Scale. Qualitative data weregathered from an interview protocol.