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ERIC Number: ED328861
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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Addressing the Developmental Issues of Lesbian and Gay College Students.
Marso, Joan L.
This paper addresses the developmental stages and issues faced by lesbian and gay college students between the ages of 18 and 25. Over and above the developmental stages faced by all students, lesbian and gay students frequently struggle with their sexual identity and development and the range of problems and emotions associated with coming to terms with their homosexuality. This area of student development is a concern for those working with college students since 10 percent of the population is gay, lesbian, or bisexual, and faculty and college staff will certainly find themselves advising, counseling and working with students who are struggling with these issues. Theories on the development of sexual identity are reviewed and examined as they apply to the field of education. Six developmental tasks faced by lesbian and gay students are listed and discussed: "coming out"; developing a positive self-concept; developing and maintaining primary relationships; dealing with homophobia and harassment; dealing with discrimination; and dealing with rejection. A review of the literature suggests two areas needing change: faculty and college staff working with gay and lesbian students need to learn about and develop an understanding of the lifestyles and struggles of these students, and efforts need to be made to assist non-gay students, faculty and staff in dealing with homophobia. Suggestions for educating students, staff and faculty about gay and lesbian issues and for reducing homophobia are included. (BHK)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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