The relationship between social class, racial identity, and masculine ideology in African American males

Timothy B Boling, Tennessee State University

Abstract

Although research on men and masculinity is little over thirty years old, few studies have been completed looking at complex models of masculinity. Research has shown that Masculine Ideology and Gender Role conflict is related to Racial Identity in African American males but the nature of this relationship is still not well understood. This lack of research on additional factors that may affect Masculine Ideology, especially in men of color, is a severe limitation of the research. In addition, no research has been conducted to explore the possible relationship that Social Class, one of the major aspects of identity, has to either of these factors. The purpose of this research study is to propose and test a model for the relationship between Masculine Ideology, Social Class, and Racial Identity in African American males. The participants of the study, 186 African American males from a HBCU in the Southeastern United States, were asked to complete three measures: The Male Norms Role Inventory-Revised, The MacArthur Scale of Subjective SES, and the Cross Racial Identity Scale. Results of the analysis showed a failure to confirm the proposed model using Structural Equation Modeling. Post-Hoc analysis using Confirmatory Factor Analysis showed a discrepancy in the proposed number of factors for the measure of Masculine Ideology. Results of the model's failure to confirm and the discrepancy in the proposed number of factors is discussed.^

Subject Area

Psychology, Social

Recommended Citation

Timothy B Boling, "The relationship between social class, racial identity, and masculine ideology in African American males" (2013). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI3599422.
http://digitalscholarship.tnstate.edu/dissertations/AAI3599422

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