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ERIC Number: ED517229
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 229
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1097-7509-9
The Contribution of Family Members to First-Generation College Student Success: A Narrative Approach
Ziemniak, Anne Elisabeth Lamkin
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Southern California
Research has shown that first-generation college students are educationally disadvantaged in a number of ways. While a variety of interventions have been recommended to increase the success of this population of students in higher education, little attention has been placed on the role that families can play in supporting these students, specifically during the college years. This dissertation approached the role of family in first-generation college student lives from a non-deficit perspective. Utilizing Gofen's (2009) family capital framework, ways that families support first-generation student persistence in college were identified through the family's attitude toward education, relationships between family members and the values families have instilled in students. This study used a narrative approach. Data was collected through interviews with 11 students, nine family members and two college administrators. Findings suggest that: (1) family matters to first-generation college student persistence; (2) family support manifests itself differently for first-generation students than for their non-first-generation peers; (3) conflicts between successful students' responsibilities at college and their roles within the family were minimal; and (4) a disconnect between the families of these students and the institution exists. A better appreciation of the role families play in successful first-generation student lives and a reconceptualization of family support for college students will allow higher education institutions to recognize the efforts put forward by the families of these students and work more effectively with this parent and family population to increase student success. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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