Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

The Effects of an Africentric Theory, Africentric Counseling Program, and Their Developments with African American College Students

Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

The Effects of an Africentric Theory, Africentric Counseling Program, and Their Developments with African American College Students

Article excerpt

Academic achievement continues to be a concern for many students of African descent in the United States. In addition, there is further concern regarding many of the students' poor psychosocial behaviors. Various dimensions of poor academic achievement and psychosocial behavioral outcomes among many of these students affect various educational settings. Some effective innovative theories and counseling treatment intervention programs exist that can promote student academic achievement and positive psychosocial behavioral outcomes, as well as the notion of utilizing African initiation rites programs that encompass basic African social rules and custom. In order to bring about better academic and psychosocial behaviors among students of African descent, various African initiation rites of programs are derived from various Africentric theories. The current study is an action research study. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of both Ashanti's Africentric Pan-African theory, and an Africentric African Rites of Passage counseling treatment intervention program with African American college students (N=91). Several dependent variables were explored prior to treatment and following the treatment. …

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