Addressing the Needs of First-Generation College Students: Lessons Learned From Adults From Low-Education Families
Article first published online: 2 APR 2014
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Journal of College Counseling
Volume 17, Issue 1, pages 21–36, April 2014
How to Cite
Gibbons, M. M. and Woodside, M. (2014), Addressing the Needs of First-Generation College Students: Lessons Learned From Adults From Low-Education Families. Jnl of College Counseling, 17: 21–36. doi: 10.1002/j.2161-1882.2014.00045.x
- Issue published online: 2 APR 2014
- Article first published online: 2 APR 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 17 FEB 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 12 FEB 2012
- Manuscript Received: 22 AUG 2011
- career development
The fact that 1st-generation college students have lower retention rates than their peers and confront barriers hindering college success is well known. However, less information exists about the effect that 1st-generation college status has after college completion. In this qualitative study, the career development experiences of adults from families without college education were examined. Three themes were identified: the role of the father, expectations about career, and expectations about college. Implications for college counselors are provided.