Sibling Relationships And College Decision-Making Among First-Generation Students

This presentation is from GEAR UP West 2017. This session will share recently completed research about sibling and parent relationships as they relate to college decision-making for first-generation students. Results highlight the importance of siblings specifically for first-generation students, indicating that while parents remain a significant source of support, siblings have been found to be a critical, supplementary resource.

Participants will explore ways to consider and include siblings when developing programming and support for first-generation students, as well as discuss the achievement guilt that is sometimes experienced by these students. Participants can expect to leave with ideas for supporting first-generation students, with a focus on holistic family dynamics.

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