Journal of College Student Development

Journal of College Student Development
Volume 46, Number 3, May/June 2005

CONTENTS

    Dennis, Jessica M.
    Phinney, Jean S.
    Chuateco, Lizette Ivy.
  • The Role of Motivation, Parental Support, and Peer Support in the Academic Success of Ethnic Minority First-Generation College Students
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    Subject Headings:
    • Minority college students -- United States -- Longitudinal studies.
    • First-generation college students -- United States -- Longitudinal studies.
    • Academic achievement -- United States.
    • Student adjustment -- United States.
    Abstract:
      The role of personal motivational characteristics and environmental social supports in college outcomes was examined in a longitudinal study of 100 ethnic minority first-generation college students. Personal/career-related motivation to attend college in the fall was a positive predictor and lack of peer support was a negative predictor of college adjustment the following spring. Lack of peer support also predicted lower spring GPA.
    Liang, Christopher T. H.
    Alimo, Craig.
  • The Impact of White Heterosexual Students' Interactions on Attitudes Toward Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People: A Longitudinal Study
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    Subject Headings:
    • College students, White -- United States -- Attitudes.
    • College students, White -- United States -- Longitudinal studies.
    • Gays -- Public opinion.
    • Public opinion -- United States.
    Abstract:
      Based on the Contact Hypothesis (Allport, 1979) a model for understanding the development of attitudes toward LGB relationships among White heterosexual undergraduate students was proposed. Using 401 White heterosexual students (70% women) attending a large public mid-Atlantic university this model was tested. More specifically, the effects of gender, pre-college variables (attitudes and interpersonal contact), and college contact with LGB individuals on attitudes toward LGB relationships after two years of college were tested using a series of regression analyses. The proposed model was supported by statistical analyses. Suggestions for facilitating the development of more positive attitudes among students are made.
    Lucas, Margaretha S.
    Berkel, LaVerne A.
  • Counseling Needs of Students Who Seek Help at a University Counseling Center: A Closer Look at Gender and Multicultural Issues
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    Subject Headings:
    • Counseling in higher education -- United States.
    • College students -- United States -- Psychology.
    • College students -- Vocational guidance -- United States.
    • Cross-cultural counseling -- United States.
    Abstract:
      We investigated psychological distress and vocational problems presented by university students seeking help at a university counseling center (N = 597, 68% female, 12% African American, 9% Asian American, 58% White). All students reported distress in several areas, but African American students in particular perceived barriers when pursuing their vocational goals and Asian American students were unclear about their vocational identity. Especially for White students vocational difficulties correlated with psychological distress, and for women in particular anxiety and depression symptoms and perceived vocational barriers related to how well they functioned in school and in relationships.
    Nilsson, Johanna E.
    Schmidt, Christa K.
  • Social Justice Advocacy among Graduate Students in Counseling: An Initial Exploration
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    Subject Headings:
    • Graduate students -- United States -- Attitudes.
    • Graduate students -- United States -- Political activity.
    • Counselors -- Training of -- United States.
    • Social justice.
    Abstract:
      This study examined variables that were hypothesized to contribute to social justice advocacy among 134 graduate students enrolled in counseling programs, including problem solving skills, worldview, social concern, and political interest. Of these variables, the desire to become involved in social justice advocacy and political interest predicted actual engagement in social justice advocacy. The results also showed that many of the participants presented with low levels of social justice advocacy. Implications for training and research are included.
    Sanchez, Delida.
    Carter, Robert T., 1948-
  • Exploring the Relationship Between Racial Identity and Religious Orientation Among African American College Students
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    Subject Headings:
    • African American college students -- Psychology.
    • African American college students -- Religious life.
    • African Americans -- Race identity.
    • Race -- Religious aspects.
    Abstract:
      This study examined the relationships between racial identity attitudes and religious orientation among African American college students. The participants were 270 African American college students from 2- and 4–year colleges in the Northeast. Multiple regression analyses were conducted and the results indicated that racial identity attitudes were predictive of religious orientation. Gender also significantly impacted the relationships between these variables.
    Clark, Marcia Roe.
  • Negotiating the Freshman Year: Challenges and Strategies Among First-Year College Students
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    Subject Headings:
    • College freshmen -- United States.
    • Student adjustment -- United States.
    Abstract:
      This study explores the concept of strategies as a means for understanding how students negotiate the transition to college. Based upon a qualitative study of eight first-year students at an urban, commuter, public four-year college, it explores how students experienced challenges, perceived influences, and devised strategies during the freshman year. Findings revealed that challenges and influences ranged from negative to positive, and occurred both inside and outside the institution. Implications for first-year seminars and further research are discussed.

Research in Brief
John H. Schuh, Associate Editor

    Gaston-Gayles, Joy L.
  • The Factor Structure and Reliability of the Student Athletes' Motivation toward Sports and Academics Questionnaire (SAMSAQ)
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    Subject Headings:
    • College athletes -- United States -- Attitudes.
    • Motivation in education.

Book Reviews
John H. Schuh, Associate Editor

    Flowers, Lamont A.
  • Black Haze: Violence, Sacrifice, and Manhood in Black Greek-Letter Fraternities (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Jones, Ricky L. Black haze: violence, sacrifice, and manhood in Black Greek-letter fraternities.
    • Greek letter societies -- United States.
    Gruenewald, Doug.
  • Sustaining and Improving Learning Communities (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Laufgraben, Jodi H. Levine, 1966- Sustaining and improving learning communities.
    • Universities and colleges -- United States -- Administration.
    Honaker, Stevie L.
  • 10 Things Employers Want You to Learn in College: The Know-how You Need to Succeed (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Coplin, William D. 10 things employers want you to learn in college: the know-how you need to succeed.
    • Career education -- United States.
    Stevens, Richard A.
  • Queer Man on Campus: A History of Non-Heterosexual College Men, 1945-2000 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Dilley, Patrick. Queer man on campus: a history of non-heterosexual college men, 1945-2000.
    • Gay men -- United States -- Identity.
    Westfall, Sarah B.
  • Roads Taken: Women in Student Affairs at Mid-Career (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Renn, Kristen A., ed. Roads taken: women in student affairs at mid-career.
    • Hughes, Carole, 1960-, ed.
    • Women school administrators -- Vocational guidance -- United States.



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