Date of Award
Master of Science in Human Development, Counseling and Family Studies
Human Development, Counseling, and Family Studies
This research explored, described, and related the experiences of gay and lesbian undergraduate students on one campus to existing theories of gay identity development. A sample of gay and lesbian students were interviewed, resulting in prevalent themes. The themes included campus climate, career concerns, classroom experiences, "coming out" experiences, fathers and mothers, first experiences, first relationships, gay men about gay men, on being "out of the closet," other-acceptance, parents, reasons for gayness, religion, and self-acceptance. Results showed that the environmental challenges of the campus exist which may affect the development of the student's identity of a gay self. Implications of the findings and recommendations for campus programming are included.
Peebles, Myralee, "A QUALITATIVE EXPLORATION OF IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT OF GAY AND LESBIAN UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS" (1992). Open Access Master's Theses. Paper 1688.