ERIC Number: EJ1126102
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
The First-Year University Experience for Sexual Minority Students: A Grounded Theory Exploration
Alessi, Edward J.; Sapiro, Beth; Kahn, Sarilee; Craig, Shelley L.
Journal of LGBT Youth, v14 n1 p71-92 2017
This exploratory study used grounded theory to understand the role of minority stress on the first-year experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and questioning emerging adults attending a university in the Northeastern part of the United States. Twenty-one lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and questioning sophomores participated in focus groups asking them to reflect on their first-year of university. Themes suggest that participants tackle multiple challenges simultaneously: the developmental task of increased independence and stressors specific to lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and questioning adults such as encountering stigma. Furthermore, participants manifested resilience in response to minority stress. Participants joined campus organizations, expressed pride in their identities, made use of social supports, and sought out safe opportunities to disclose. The discussion concludes with implications for practice and policy.
Descriptors: Sexual Orientation, Minority Group Students, College Freshmen, Student Experience, Stress Variables, Focus Groups, Grounded Theory, Stress Management, Expectation, Family Influence, Disclosure, Social Bias, Student Adjustment, Coping, Homosexuality
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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