Centennial Honors College Western Illinois University Undergraduate Research Day 2014 Poster Presentation The Mind of a Man: Examining the Factors that Contribute to Black Males’ Attitudes on Relationship Olivia Brooks Faculty Mentor: Erik Brooks Psychology and African American Studies In this era, romantic relationships including marriage rates do not compare to the previous rates especially in the black community. Black male and black female relationships have taken a turn along with the change of time as black women have become more independent. Black male incarceration rates are high. The economy and unemployment has not risen. There are educational gaps that exist between black men and black women enrolled in higher education. So where does this leave the black male and female relationship? Could the factors in society such as the black male’s pride, historical content of slavery, the media’s portrayal of women, along with the upbringing of young black males in a predominantly white society affect the attitudes of black males on relationships including marriage? This research explored black male female relationships focusing on black males’ attitudes on relationships and society’s influence. There were four male participants. They were individually interviewed with questions ranging from their biggest influence from the family members to the qualities that attract them to engage in the relationships that they have. Findings for the reasons contributing to black males' attitudes towards relationships regarding the black male female include but are not limited to the problems in communication, sexual concerns, and changing values.