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Lavender Research Forum: IMPACT Student Wins 1st Place

Posted on April 16th, 2012 by Farrin in Research Blog. No Comments

IMPACT Program graduate student Laura Kuper was awarded first place for her paper in the UIC Lavender Research Forum 2012. The forum was organized by the UIC Chancellor’s Committee on the status of LGBT Issues and the UIC Gender and Sexuality Center.

Using Narrative Analysis to Identify Patterns of Internet Influence on the Identity Development of Same Sex Attracted Youth

A handful of studies have begun to explore the extent to which same sex attracted youth (SSAY) use the Internet during the identity development process. However, research in this area has been limited, and the larger literature on youth’s Internet use suggests that SSAY may in fact be at higher risk of negative online experiences. To further research, the present study uses an analytic strategy developed out of the narrative, life course framework of Cohler and Hammack (2007). Four forms overall Internet integration were identified (extensive/chronic, incidental, pivotal, missed opportunity). This paper presents an example of each of these forms of integration.

Congratulations Laura!  Keep making an IMPACT!

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