School of Education
Doctor of Education in Curriculum & Instruction (EdD)
Rebecca M. Lunde
Youth Mentoring, At-risk, Quality Mentoring Relationships, Attendance, Behavior, Cumulative Grade Point Average
Education | Educational Psychology
Miller, Cedric Gerard, "The Correlation Between Quality Mentoring Relationships and African American Males' Overall Engagement and Academic Success" (2019). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2263.
Mentoring has been the saving grace for many African American males. The positive influence of a caring adult, in many cases, shifted their academic path from danger to success. Programs such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of America have provided opportunities for students at-risk to form positive relationships along with a better outlook on life. The purpose of this correlational study is to determine if a relationship exists between quality mentoring relationships and attendance, behavior, and cumulative grade point average of African American males. The research questions guiding this correlational study are: 1) Is there a relationship between quality mentoring relationships and attendance among African American males?, 2) Is there a relationship between quality mentoring relationships and behavior among African American males?, and 3) Is there a relationship between quality mentoring relationships and cumulative grade point average among African American males? This correlational study sample will involve mentors of local mentoring agencies in the Upstate of South Carolina. The instrument used in this correlational study will be the Match Characteristics Questionnaire (MCQ). This instrument was developed by a research consulting team. The Match Characteristics Questionnaire (MCQ) is used to measure mentors’ points-of-view and match relationship quality. Data collection will come from attendance reports, discipline records, and report cards along with the Match Characteristics Questionnaire (MCQ) results. Data analysis will be conducted using a Pearson Product-Moment Correlation Coefficient for this correlational study.