Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
Dr. Lonnie Duncan
Dr. Evelyn Winfield-Thomas
Dr. Joseph Morris
This study sought to examine potential influences of intimacy levels in the same-sex friendships of Black males. Attention was given to adherence to traditional masculine norms, age, socioeconomic status, religious support, and adult male presence as potential influences. One hundred and thirty-nine Black males completed a survey consisting of a demographic questionnaire, the index of Emotional Intimacy in Same-Sex Friendships (EISSF), the Religious Support Scale (RSS), the Barratt Simplified Measure of Social Status (BSMSS), and the Conformity to Masculine Norms Inventory (CMNI). This study found a minimal positive relationship between emotional intimacy and the hypothesized influences.
Mitchell, Darian, "Influences in the Platonic Same-Sex Friendships of Heterosexual Black Males" (2012). Dissertations. 114.