Messages of Meaning: African American Ethnic-racial Socialization Practices of Fathers and Paternal Definitions of Academic Success
Date of Submission
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
Robert A DiTomasso, PhD, ABPP
Terri A. Erbacher, PhD
Katy Tresco, PhD
Maya Gordon, PhD
This research explores the unique experiences of African American fathers, their ethnic-racial socialization practices, definitions of academic success and the intersectionality of the three concepts. Through a semi-structured interview, the present study explored how African American fathers socialize their children to understand how being Black fits into the larger context of society. The primary focus is to explore what types of racial socialization messages are used, how they are delivered, and if/how the fathers’ academic expectations are a part of the conversations. Implications for how school systems can utilize African American fathers’ perspectives in supporting positive home-school collaboration and promoting culturally responsive experiences in the school setting are discussed.
Coley-Wilson, Sharon, "Messages of Meaning: African American Ethnic-racial Socialization Practices of Fathers and Paternal Definitions of Academic Success" (2019). PCOM Psychology Dissertations. 504.