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Doctor of Philosophy



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Dr. Kaprea Johnson

Second Advisor

Dr. Niaomi Wheeler

Third Advisor

Dr. Thomas Beatty

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Abigail Conley


Religiosity is a well-known protective factor for mental health as a coping and resilience source, which positively affects Black male college students' academic success. However, less is known about whether religiosity predicts degree completion and buffers Black males' mental health from a quantitative research approach. Black males have one of the lowest degree completion rates at four-year institutions. Students who experience poor mental health outcomes have lower degree completion. This study utilized logistic regression to investigate whether religiosity: (1) predicted degree completion among Black male undergraduate students and (2) moderated anxiety and depression. The results suggest Black males identify high indicators of religiosity. However, only a small relationship might exist between religiosity and degree completion for Black and African American male students.


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