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Growing in a Metal Cocoon: Religious and Sexual Identity Development for Sexual Minorities at Evangelical Institutions of Higher Education
by Hibma, Adam, Psy.D., Roosevelt University, 2018, 149; 10932810
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this qualitative study was to understand the unique sexual and religious identity development of sexual minorities who attend evangelical Christian institutions of higher education. Although research exists on sexual identity development and religious identity development, scant research exists as to how these developmental areas interact in sexual minorities who attend evangelical institutions of higher education. The research questions that were answered in this study included the following: How do sexual minority students at evangelical Christian institutions of higher education develop a sexual identity and make choices about sexual expression? How do sexual minority students at evangelical Christian institutions of higher education develop a religious identity? How do these two developmental areas interact in this population?

Four individuals who identified as sexual minorities were interviewed for this study. Interviews were analyzed using interpretive phenomenological analysis to understand the lived experiences of the participants. The data analysis led to the following emergent themes: evangelical beliefs/narratives about homosexuality, new understanding of faith, current faith development, the closet, coded language, community, romantic relationships, current meaning of sexual identity, intersectional identities, evangelical college culture, vigilance, advocacy, and academic/artistic expression. These themes highlighted how inextricably linked are sexual and religious identity development in this population. Also highlighted were how the individuals resolved their identity conflict with great difficulty but also as empowered changed agents. Clinical and educational applications of the research were also discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Torres-Harding, Susan
Commitee: Kvaal, Steven, Wiens, Lora
School: Roosevelt University
Department: Clinical Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-B 80/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: LGBTQ studies, School counseling, Clinical psychology
Keywords: College, Evangelicalism, Religion, Sexual minoirites
Publication Number: 10932810
ISBN: 978-0-438-32931-7
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