The experiences queer college women of color have of friendship
Hughes, Kim Lee
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The author collected the friendship narratives of queer college women of color at women’s colleges in the southeast in dyads. The author also proposed a model for multiple identity integration for college counselors and other mental health professionals developing interventions and programs for queer college women of color. The first chapter introduced the term queer, and the rational for its use in the manuscript. The second chapter outlined the dissertation, provided a rationale for the study of queer college women of color, and offered some relevant background information on the topic such as definitions of terminology in the manuscript, the method of inquiry, the theoretical lens, and structure of the manuscript. The third chapter included a literature review and a case conceptualization that described how college counselors and academic affairs professionals can use the Multiple Marginalized Identity Integration Model to develop interventions and programs for queer college women of color. The fourth chapter included a literature review and a narrative study that explored the growth fostering nature of friendships with queer college women of color at women’s colleges in the southeast by interviewing students in friendship dyads. The author used The Five Good Things from Relational Cultural Theory to define and demonstrate the influence of friendship connections on sexual and racial/ethnic identity salience based on the college contextual environment – Predominantly White College or Historically Black College and University in the southeast. The researcher presented and discussed suggestions for future research and implications for advocacy and practice. The fifth chapter concluded the study with a statement of the author’s epistemology, reflexivity, and personal reflections on lessons learned during the research process. The main theoretical lens used in this study was Relational-Cultural Theory (Miller, 1976; Walker, 2008). Other theories used in this study included Queer Black Feminism (Harris, 1996; Lewis, 2011), Queer Theory (Abes, 2008; Levy & Johnson, 2012; Rosenberg, 2008), and Intersectionality Theory (Bowleg, 2008; Purdie-Vaughns & Eibach, 2008; Warner, 2008).