Abstract

Though relatively little research has focused on the use of spiritual resources, previous research has found that traditional cultural practices and spiritual resources may contribute to persistence, although no studies, to date, focus on the role that gospel choir involvement plays in the success of Black collegians at PWIs. Using data collected via semistructured interviews with 21 African American undergraduate gospel choir members, three themes emerged that relate to the perceived benefits of participating in such groups: establishing a sense of belonging, developing ethnic identity, and nurturing resilience. Findings hold significant implications for future practice, theory, and research on Black student engagement and college student success.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1543-3382
Print ISSN
0897-5264
Pages
pp. 137-153
Launched on MUSE
2011-05-06
Open Access
No
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