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ERIC Number: EJ1061253
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0897-5264
Comparing Psychosocial Adjustment across the College Transition in a Matched Heterosexual and Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Sample
Kirsch, Alexandra C.; Conley, Colleen S.; Riley, Tracey J.
Journal of College Student Development, v56 n2 p155-169 Mar 2015
We compared a matched sample of heterosexual and lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) students on 5 psychosocial adjustment composites, longitudinally across the transitional first year of college. Both LGB and heterosexual students experienced a significant increase in psychological distress over the first semester, along with significant decreases in psychological well-being and cognitive-affective strengths. Across the entire first year, LGB students demonstrated consistently greater psychological distress, greater cognitive-affective vulnerabilities, and less social well-being compared to heterosexual peers. This research indicates specific challenges that LGB students experience during the first year of university, suggesting opportunities for promoting successful transitions through this developmental milestone.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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