Presentation Title

Get the labels straight: The fluidity of crowd identifications among LGBTQIA+ emerging adults in college

Faculty Mentor

Andrea Hopmeyer

Start Date

23-11-2019 8:45 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 9:30 AM

Location

46

Session

poster 2

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

Although peer crowd affiliations have been studied among emerging adults in college, little work has examined students who identify as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community. A recent study conducted at a small, private, liberal arts college in the Western United States (Morse et al., 2019) revealed four peer crowd dimensions within this community: protester, nonvocal, social, and athletic. Furthermore, affiliation with these peer crowds was associated with students’ adjustment (i.e., connection to college and engagement in risk-taking behaviors). As we proceed with this work, it is important to determine whether crowd labels in the LGBTQIA+ college-community are stable across time (i.e., as new students arrive at the school, and others graduate). The present study used targeted focus groups, on the same college campus, to compare the crowd labels that were generated in the fall of 2019 with those found two years earlier. Results showed that some crowd groups were still present and active (e.g., “Zeta Tau Zeta”, “Womxn’s Rugby Team”), while others no longer existed (e.g., “AAgenda/A-spectrum Vocal”, “Queer House”). In addition, several new groups were identified (e.g., “Community Organizers”, “Affluent Gay Men”). The present study underscores the importance of checking in with students before moving forward with research that ascribes labels to them.

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Get the labels straight: The fluidity of crowd identifications among LGBTQIA+ emerging adults in college

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Although peer crowd affiliations have been studied among emerging adults in college, little work has examined students who identify as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community. A recent study conducted at a small, private, liberal arts college in the Western United States (Morse et al., 2019) revealed four peer crowd dimensions within this community: protester, nonvocal, social, and athletic. Furthermore, affiliation with these peer crowds was associated with students’ adjustment (i.e., connection to college and engagement in risk-taking behaviors). As we proceed with this work, it is important to determine whether crowd labels in the LGBTQIA+ college-community are stable across time (i.e., as new students arrive at the school, and others graduate). The present study used targeted focus groups, on the same college campus, to compare the crowd labels that were generated in the fall of 2019 with those found two years earlier. Results showed that some crowd groups were still present and active (e.g., “Zeta Tau Zeta”, “Womxn’s Rugby Team”), while others no longer existed (e.g., “AAgenda/A-spectrum Vocal”, “Queer House”). In addition, several new groups were identified (e.g., “Community Organizers”, “Affluent Gay Men”). The present study underscores the importance of checking in with students before moving forward with research that ascribes labels to them.