Overview of Study Procedure
Letters were sent to the parents of current Meyerhoff Program males in good standing, along with parents of program graduates, inviting them to group interviews on the UMBC campus. Parents were informed that the interviews would form the basis of a book on parenting African American males, and would be videotaped and audiotaped, but that individuals would not be identified in publications. After the initial mailing, additional single parents and non-college-educated parents were further recruited via telephone, so as to have a large enough sample to gain insight into these important subgroups. In 1994 and 1995 five groups of mothers (N = 33) were interviewed by the African American female director of the Meyerhoff Scholars Program, and four groups of fathers (N = 24) by the African American male assistant director of the program. Prior to the start of each interview, parents completed a brief questionnaire. Additional parents were interviewed individually.
The subset of sons of the parents interviewed who were still in college, as well as all sons from single-parent families whose parents had not been interviewed, were invited to take part in the research by the African American male assistant director of the Meyerhoff Program. In 1995 and 1996, forty-seven interviews were conducted, encompassing seven groups of sons, and three individual interviews for those unable to attend the group interviews. Six of the group sessions, and all three individual interviews, were conducted by the African American male assistant director of the Program. One group session was conducted by a female staff member of the program.
In addition, tape-recorded, semistructured individual interviews, focusing on factors leading to success in school, were conducted with