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First-Year Female Students: Perceptions of Friendship

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This phenomenological study sought to describe 91 first-year female students' perceptions of their pre-college and new collegiate friendships during their first-year experience. To understand students' experiences, journal entries and final exams from their first-year seminar were examined and coded. The categories identified were pre-college friendships, new college friendships, comparison of pre-college and new college friendships, and adjustment to college due to friendships. Results of this study are consistent with the recent literature on friendsickness during the first year. First-year students, especially females, have difficulty letting go of pre-college friendships, and investing in new friendships. Discussion of this finding is provided.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2002

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  • The Journal of The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition is a semiannual refereed journal providing current research on the first college year and other significant student transitions. The primary purpose of the Journal is to disseminate empirical research findings on student transition issues that inform practice in all sectors of postsecondary education, such as explorations into the academic, personal, and social experiences (including outcomes related to success, learning, and development) of students at a range of transition points throughout the college years; transition issues unique to specific populations (e.g., non-traditional, traditional, historically underrepresented students, transfer students, commuters, part-time students); and explorations of faculty development, curriculum, and pedagogical innovations connected to college transitions.
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