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ERIC Number: EJ972896
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 76
ISSN: ISSN-1936-1653
Reflections on the Life Histories of Today's LGBQ Postsecondary Students
Olive, James L.
Journal of LGBT Youth, v9 n3 p247-265 2012
This qualitative multiple-case study utilized a life history methodology in which written and oral narratives were obtained from six postsecondary students who self-identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or queer (LGBQ). Through the construction of life histories, the researcher endeavored to understand how past experiences and behaviors shaped the participants' identity and established their sense of resiliency. The researcher's analysis of the data revealed discrepancies between the participants' stories and commonly cited sexual-identity development models. In addition, some of the participants expressed resistance to sexual categories or labels and suggested that a shift has occurred in the dynamics between gay and straight males. Correlations to past research and possible implications to sexual-identity development theory, forms of masculinity, and perpetuation of LGBQ art, literature, and history are discussed. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A