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The Role of Microaggressions and Mentorship on College Student Identity Integration

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dc.contributor.advisor Le, Benjamin Mayo, Daniel 2019-08-29T19:31:30Z 2019-08-29T19:31:30Z 2019
dc.description.abstract Over the last few decades, colleges and universities have become more diverse as students from historically underrepresented groups are enrolling at unprecedented rates. Research has suggested that college serves a unique life stage in which students further develop their identity where contextual factors (e.g., social interactions) influence their development. To date, however, very little work has explored the relationship between microaggressions, mentorship, and identity integration, and no research has examined the interconnected nature of social, academic, and leadership identity domains in college students. The present study uses a correlational, non-experimental design to examine the aforementioned variables in a cross-sectional sample of 331 undergraduate students. Gender minority, compared to gender majority, students reported greater integration of their social, academic, and leadership identity domains. Moreover, microaggressions were positively associated with social identity but negatively associated with academic identity and well-being. Also, social identity and leadership identity were positively associated with identity integration. Furthermore, identity integration and mentorship were both positively associated with well-being. These findings demonstrate the relationship between social, academic, and leadership identity domains, and highlight the critical role that microaggressions and mentorship may play in the development of college student identity. Implications for an increased focus on mentorship programs, campus climates, and clinical interventions to promote the identity development of minority status students are discussed.
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Department of Psychology
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject.lcsh Microaggressions -- United States
dc.subject.lcsh Minority college students -- United States -- Attitudes
dc.subject.lcsh Identity (Psychology) in youth
dc.title The Role of Microaggressions and Mentorship on College Student Identity Integration
dc.type Thesis
dc.rights.access Open Access

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