Indiana State University Sycamore Scholars

Sycamore Scholars at Indiana State University >
ISU - Electronic Theses and Dissertations >
College of Education >
Educational Leadership, Administration, and Foundations >

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10484/1854

Title: Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Spirituality: An Intersectional Identity Study
Authors: Birch, Zachary G
Issue Date: 16-Sep-2011
Abstract: With college students becoming more interested in the spiritual dimensions of their lives (Astin, 2004; Lindholm, 2007), gay, lesbian, and bisexual (GLB) students may have a harder time finding the support to navigate their spiritual selves. Because of this, the intersection of spiritual identity and GLB identity was investigated. Specifically, this study sought to see if students‟ GLB identities affect their spiritual identities, if their spiritual identities affect their GLB identities, and if there was a connection and intersection between the two. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews with eight students. This study showed that there could be a relationship between the formation of GLB and spiritual identity. Themes from the interviews were (a) intrapersonal identity, (b) judgments, (c) life changing crises, and (d) moving from independence to interdependence. Additionally, the interviews were connected to Parks‟ (2000) model of young adult faith formation and Fassinger‟s (1998) model of sexual minority identity formation. This research‟s findings offer implications for student affairs and higher educational practice with GLB and spiritual students, as well as potential for further research on spiritual GLB students.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10484/1854
In Collections:Educational Leadership, Administration, and Foundations

Files in This Item:

File Description SizeFormat
Birch, Zachary.PDF963.82 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

Items in Sycamore Scholars are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

 

Copyright @ 2009 Indiana State University  - Feedback
Cunningham Memorial Library,510 North 6 1/2 Street, Terre Haute, IN 47809
        Bookmark and Share