Black Males in Schools: Mental Health, Wellness and the Misdiagnosis of ADHD

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Dr. Ivory A. Toldson presents findings from “Breaking Barriers: Plotting the Path to Academic Success for School-Age African-American Males.”

Quality of life, as measured by how happy the student felt about his life, was the strongest emotional predictor of academic success among school-age black males. Academically successful African-American males were almost twice as likely to report feeling happy about the quality of their life when compared to those with failing grades. Feeling tired in the morning and feeling lonely were additional mental health factors that significantly impaired academic functioning among black male students.

Presentation at “Breaking Barriers: The Obama Administration, The 111th Congress and the Future of School-age Black Males” The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), along with Howard Universitys School of Education and the Open Society Institutes Campaign for Black Male Achievement, hosted the forum. The three-hour event took place in the Senate Caucus Room (SR-325) of the Russell Senate Office Building on Friday April 24.


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