Finding Purpose in Pain: Using Logotherapy as a Method for Addressing Survivor Guilt in First-Generation College Students
Version of Record online: 9 APR 2013
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Journal of College Counseling
Volume 16, Issue 1, pages 79–92, April 2013
How to Cite
Tate, K. A., Williams, C. and Harden, D. (2013), Finding Purpose in Pain: Using Logotherapy as a Method for Addressing Survivor Guilt in First-Generation College Students. Jnl of College Counseling, 16: 79–92. doi: 10.1002/j.2161-1882.2013.00028.x
- Issue online: 9 APR 2013
- Version of Record online: 9 APR 2013
- Received 05/20/10; Revised 07/19/10; Accepted 12/17/10
First-generation college students face a variety of academic and personal challenges, including survivor guilt (Piorkowski, 1983). Survivor guilt for these students involves negative emotions related to leaving family and friends “behind” in difficult contexts and lived experiences. This article provides (a) an overview of first-generation college students’ participation in higher education, (b) a review of survivor guilt as experienced by these students, (c) a description of how logotherapy (Frankl, 2006) can be implemented by college counselors, and (d) the implications of this approach for college counselors.