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ERIC Number: ED564550
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 165
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3036-1387-6
The Religious and Spiritual Experiences of Undergraduate Gay Males Attending a Religiously Affiliated Institution of Higher Education
Adams, Melvin D., III
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Northeastern University
This doctoral thesis studied the religious and spiritual experiences of undergraduate gay males at a Protestant affiliated higher education institution and how undergraduate gay males made sense of their personal journeys. Data was collected from four participants and analyzed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Five themes emerged from this research: (1) Christian identity development, (2) questioning Christian theology, (3) gay male identity development, (4) empowerment, and (5) awakening: a journey towards spirituality. Findings showed that the participants personally constructed their spirituality after reflecting on their life. Being religious and/or spiritual and a gay male appeared to be paradoxical in nature, however, these participants sought to reconcile these perceived paradoxes. Faculty, staff, and peers at Urban Rural University, the study site, impacted the participants' ideas on religion, spirituality, and gay male identity and in reconciling the three. Three findings emerged from this study. First, the participants faced challenges of being simultaneously religious and gay and reconciling gay identity with religion and spirituality. Second, the participants found support at the undergraduate religiously affiliated institution of higher education that served as the site for this study. Third, participants offered their own definitions for religion, faith, and spirituality. The four participants in this study provided detailed stories that could help other gay males and higher education professional support gay males on their spiritual journeys. [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; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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