Abstract

Using grounded theory methodology, the experiences of 11 self-identified gay male college studentswere explored to understand how the environment contributed to the exploration and development of a gay identity. One central category (finding empowerment) and 5 integrative categories (self-acceptance, disclosure to others, environmental influences, individual factors, and exploring multiple identities) emerged from the research. Findings suggested that one's sexual identity is complexly integrated and often at odds with other aspects of the individual's identity.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1543-3382
Print ISSN
0897-5264
Pages
pp. 185-206
Launched on MUSE
2004-04-30
Open Access
No
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