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Title:Seeking a Framework: The Benefits and Challenges of Using Existing Research on LGBT Students to Examine Identity Development of Nontheistic Students
Author(s):Allen, Carrie
Student Identity Development
Abstract:Although nonbelievers are routinely marginalized in the United States, little research exists regarding the effects of marginalization on the identity development of nontheistic college students. Through examination of current research on nonbelievers and an interview with a member of University of Illinois’ secular student group, this paper explores the benefits and challenges of using existing research on LGBT student identity development as a starting point for further study of nontheistic college students. I conclude that, although we can see many similarities in the experiences of LGBT and nontheistic college students, research on identity development of LGBT individuals might be useful as a framework for further study of nontheistic students, but research on LGBT individuals is not an adequate substitution for research which specifically addresses nontheistic student identity development.
Issue Date:2013-06
Course / Semester:EOL 574, Lorenzo Baber, Instructor, Spring 2013
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-06-23

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    This collection examines ways in which the U.S. university and the American college experience are affected by diversity, and difference. In particular, these student projects examine experiences of diversity on campus, including important contemporary social, cultural, and political debates on equity and access to university resources.

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