Title

A sense of belonging through the eyes of first-year LGBPQ students

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

1-1-2017

Abstract

Using grounded theory methods, the authors examined how LGBPQ students developed a sense of belonging during the first year of college. Sense of belonging transformed and deepened over the year and was fostered in three different contexts: university, group, and friendship. It was influenced by sexual identity and outness, university messaging, and meaningful social interactions with groups and authentic friends. The authors offer four theoretical propositions that can be utilized by researchers and practitioners.

Publication Title

Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice

Volume

54

Issue

1

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