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ERIC Number: EJ1049880
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0161-827X
The Coming out Process among Non-Religious Undergraduate Students: Implications for Residence Life Professionals
Harrington, Michael A.; Jacob, Stacy A.; Harbert, Amy Benoit; Saiid, Leticia
Journal of College and University Student Housing, v41 n1 p164-177 2014
Non-religious college students can feel marginalized and isolated on college and university campuses when they feel they are being misunderstood or judged. This article explores the process of their revealing their non-religious status, or coming out, to others. Researchers interviewed 17 student members of a secular student group at a large public research university in the southwest United States. These non-religious students experienced a coming out process of identifying to others as an agnostic or atheist. For these students, the coming out process occurred in stages, and a better understanding of these stages and the emotional aspects related to them can assist residence life staff in working with those going through a similar process.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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