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Doctoral Dissertation Announcement
Candidate: Darian Mitchell
Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
Title: Influences in the Platonic Same Sex Friendships of Black Males
Dr. Lonnie Duncan, Chair
Dr. Joseph Morris
Dr. Evelyn Winfield-Thomas
Date: Thursday, July 12, 2012 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
2102 Sangren Hall
This study seeks to examine potential influences of intimacy levels in the same-sex friendships of Black males. Attention is 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 finds a minimal positive relationship between emotional intimacy and the hypothesized influences.