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Examining sense of belonging among first-year undergraduates from different racial/ethnic groups

Johnson, Dawn R. and Soldner, Matthew and Leonard, Jeannie Brown and Alvarez, Patty and Inkelas, Karen Kurotsuchi and Rowan-Kenyon, Heather and Longerbeam, Susan (2007) Examining sense of belonging among first-year undergraduates from different racial/ethnic groups. Journal of College Student Development, 48 (5). pp. 525-542. ISSN 1543-3382


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Publisher’s or external URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/csd.2007.0054


This study examined sense of belonging among a national sample of 2,967 first-year students. Guided by the work of Hurtado and Carter (1997), relationships between several aspects of the college environment and sense of belonging were examined. Findings indicated that African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Asian Pacific American students reported a less strong sense of belonging than White/Caucasian students. The social dimensions of the transition to college and residence hall climate and perceptions of the campus racial climate had strong significant relationships to students' sense of belonging. Implications for practice and future research are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Publisher’s Statement: Copyright © 2007 The Johns Hopkins University Press. This article first appeared in Journal of College Student Development, Volume 48, Issue 5, September/October, 2007, pages 525-542.
ID number or DOI: 10.1353/csd.2007.0054
Keywords: Undergraduates; higher education; diversity; ethnicity; race; first-year experience;
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Department/Unit: College of Education > Educational Psychology
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2015 19:55
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/855

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