This research considers the intersection of sexual identity and religious/spiritual identity in the context of faith-based institutions of higher education. One hundred and sixty students identifying as sexual minorities from fifteen Christian colleges and universities with Association for Christians in Student Development affiliations provided information on their experiences in these unique settings. The findings suggest sexual minorities on faith-based campuses are navigating religious/spiritual aspects of their identity as well as same-sex sexuality and sexual identity development. Both sexuality and religiosity/spirituality are two salient, interacting and multilevel variables for these students, particularly as they relate to doctrinal matters and policies at faith-based institutions of higher education. Campus climate was found to be a complicating factor for those students living at the intersection of these variables, but improving relational conditions, particularly with faculty and staff, were noteworthy in light of past research. Impact on developmental milestones and psychological health were also examined.
Yarhouse, Mark A.; Dean, Janet B.; Stratton, Stephen P.; Lastoria, Michael; and Bucher, Emma K.
"A Survey of Sexual Minorities Who Attend Faith-Based Institutions of Higher Education,"
Growth: The Journal of the Association for Christians in Student Development: Vol. 16:
16, Article 3.
Available at: https://pillars.taylor.edu/acsd_growth/vol16/iss16/3
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