Peer Influence on the Psychosocial and Behavioral Health of African American College Students
Keywords:Stress, African American, college health, non-college attending peers
The relationship between psychological and behavioral health and bother from non-college at-
tending peers was assessed among 180 African American students attending a historically black university
in the southwestern region of the United States in the spring of 2013. Results: Students reporting stress
related to influence from non-college attending friends reported significantly higher conflicts with their
partners (5.31 vs. 1.26, p < .05), lower personal conflict resolution (2.00 vs. .70, p < .05), and lower
family connectedness (30.81 vs. 34.02, p < .05). Study results emphasize college students’ need for coping
skills to address external culturally-linked stressors. The information gained from this research may provide
strategic guidance in understanding the behavioral and psychosocial effects of extended peer networks on
the mental health of college students.
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