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Date of Graduation
Educational Specialist (EdS)
Department of Graduate Psychology
Gender and sexual minority (GSM) students are one of the most vulnerable populations in schools today. Current research identifies numerous protective factors known to positively impact students’ overall outcomes. However, it is still common to find schools that do not allow these protective factors to exist. This study seeks to gain a better understanding of the patterns and pathways of resiliency within the GSM community when known environmental protective factors do not exist. Interviews were conducted with five participants who shared their experiences of access to supports in high school. The goal of this study is to document and describe GSM students’ experience in schools and thus provide teachers, school psychologists, and other school staff with resources for supporting GSM students in schools.
Weaver, Anna, "A qualitative study of resiliency factors among gender and sexual minority students in schools without known protective factors" (2021). Educational Specialist, 2020-current. 26.