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"I think that they knew I wasn't a normal boy" exploring parental support of LGBT youth during the coming out process as a predictor of success in higher education: Practice recommendations for educational institutions
by Zoeckler, Susanna, M.S.W., California State University, Dominguez Hills, 2014, 163; 1525522
Abstract (Summary)

Adolescence is a difficult time for most, and the challenges faced by the LGBT population regarding coming out to their parents can create hardships academically. Although studies have shown that parental support impacts educational outcomes for the general population, there is little knowledge about academic outcomes for LGBT students due to perceived parental support during the coming out process, and how academic institutions have power to influence these outcomes as well. This study uses qualitative interviews of LGBT young adults, parents of LGBT children, and school personnel in order to evaluate the impact of perceived parental support by LGBT students at the time of coming out and knowledge of LGBT specific programs within Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) by school personnel. The study found that for some individuals parental support did impact higher education degree attainment. The study also found that school personnel lack knowledge about LGBT programs in LAUSD.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bender, Joshua
School: California State University, Dominguez Hills
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, LGBTQ studies, Education
Keywords: Coming out, Critical race theory, Education, Intersectionality, Parental support, Sexual orientation
Publication Number: 1525522
ISBN: 978-1-321-03284-0
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