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Interrogating the collegiate experiences of African American males formerly in foster care: A critical qualitative analysis

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Interview data from 11 African American male collegians formerly in foster care attending a PWI were analyzed using the constant comparison method. Three major themes were identified using this approach. Participants reported feeling isolated from most others on campus and keenly aware of differences between them and their peers, as well as worrying frequently about having basic needs met; basic needs ranged from health care coverage to housing, from sense of belonging to safety and transportation. They also identified three protective factors that sustained them in college: role models and mentors, engagement in race-conscious campus clubs and organizations, and an unwavering personal drive to persist despite adversity. Findings have significant implications for educational research, practice, and policy. Information from this study may also provide clues for future intervention efforts.

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  • Strayhorn, Terrell L., 2021. "Interrogating the collegiate experiences of African American males formerly in foster care: A critical qualitative analysis," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 128(C).
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:cysrev:v:128:y:2021:i:c:s0190740921002280
    DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2021.106152
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