Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Degree Program

College of Nursing

First Advisor

Patricia Underwood

Second Advisor

Louette Lutjens

Third Advisor

Helen Truss


This study examined African American nurses' perceptions of social support available during graduate school that contributed to their completion of graduate studies. A descriptive correlational research design using a mailed questionnaire was employed for the study. The sample consisted of 91 African American nurses who were women and had completed graduate studies within the United States. A modified Norbeck Social Support Questionnaire (Norbeck, Lindsey, & Carrieri, 1981) was used to collect the data.; Data analysis consisted of reporting means, standard deviations, and range of scores for perceived social support available. Pearson's correlations and t-test were used to examine significant differences between the variables.; Significant findings of the research were: (1) The majority of persons providing support were other African Americans. (2) Family provided the greatest amount of support. (3) There was no significant difference in perceived levels of faculty support between subjects reporting African American faculty support and subjects reporting non-African American faculty support.


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