ERIC Number: EJ902541
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
Relating Developmental Theories to Postsecondary Persistence: A Multiple Case Study of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual College Students
Olive, James L.
Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research, v4 n4 p197-212 2010
What enables one student to persist in the face of adversity while another chooses to quit? To answer this question, I captured the lived experiences of 3 female and 3 male postsecondary students who self-identified as either gay, lesbian, or bisexual, all of whom were successfully completing their undergraduate degrees. Utilizing a life history method within a qualitative multiple case study, I co-authored comprehensive accounts of each participant's life, as well as the meanings each attached to his or her past experiences. All participants indicated that family, having a clear sense of identity, and possessing the ability to self-author were of paramount importance to their choice and ability to persist in higher education.
Descriptors: Homosexuality, College Students, Theories, Academic Persistence, Case Studies, Barriers, Social Attitudes, Personality Traits, Individual Characteristics, Adolescent Development, Social Theories, Interviews, Family Influence, Family Relationship, Parent Attitudes, Child Rearing, Child Development, Personal Narratives, Sexual Identity, Self Esteem
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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