Psychology Faculty Publications

Title

African-American students on a predominately White university campus: Qualitative research findings

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-2013

Journal Title

Psychological Studies

Volume

58

Issue

1

First Page

58

Last Page

65

Abstract

We conducted in-depth interviews with 13 African-American students at a selective, private, comprehensive University, located in the rural Midwest, where only 6 % of the student body (3,000) were minorities. Using qualitative research methodology, we conducted a phenomenological study from in-depth interviews. Analysis of the participant’s transcripts showed most data to revolve around five main constructs. These included experiences of interacting in the majority culture, perceived social pressures to conform, issues relating to personal identity, positive aspects they found relating to their campus experiences, and suggestions they offered for improving the multicultural experience on campus.

Keywords

African-American college students

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