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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
List of Figures
List of Tables
Chapter 1 -  Introduction
	Overview of the Issues
	Statement of the Problem
	Research Design
		Research Questions
		Data Collection and Analysis
	Limitations of the Study
	Definitions of Terms
	Researcher Perspective
Chapter 2 -  Review of the Literature
	Psychosocial Identity
		Erikson’s Theory of Psychosocial Development
		Chickering’s Theory of Identity Development
	Cognitive Development
		Baxter Magolda
		Kohlberg Stages of Moral Development
	Person Environment
		Maslow Hierarchy of Needs
		Carol Gilligan
	Leadership Identity Development
		Komives and the Leadership Identity Model
	History of Greek Life
Chapter 3 -  Methodology
	Research Design
		Research Questions
	Theoretical Framework of the Study
	Contextual Information for the Study
	Research Participants
	Data Collection
		Qualitative Semi-Structured Interview
		Focus Groups
	Data Analysis
Chapter 4 -   Findings
	Research Question 1
		Theme:  Multiple support systems
		Theme:  Diversity of other viewpoints
	Research Question 2
		Theme:  Older fraternity brothers’ influence
		Theme:  Positional leadership roles
	Research Question 3
		Theme: Brotherhood events
		Theme:  Formal chapter meetings
Chapter 5 -   Discussion, Implications, and Recommendations
	Research Purpose and Questions
	Discussion and Implications of the Findings
		PiagetMultiple support systems
		Diversity of other viewpoints
		Older fraternity brothers’ influence
		Positional leadership roles
		Brotherhood events
		Formal chapter meetings
	Overall Implications for Student Affairs Administrators
	Overall Implications for Leadership Educators
	Recommendations for Future Study
	Theoretical Framework Revisited
	Appendix A -  Greek affiliation
	Appendix B -   Leadership Identity Development model and theory
	Appendix C -  Leadership Identity Development Model
	Appendix D -  Timeline of fraternities
	Appendix E -  Consent form
	Appendix F -  Letter to participants
	Appendix G -  Contact sheet
	Appendix H -    Interview questions
	Appendix I -  Field notes form
	Appendix J -    Focus group questions
	Appendix K -  Library email
	Appendix L -  Email to participants for review
	Appendix M -  Email to participants for review
	Appendix N -  IRB Forms
	Appendix O -  Representation of Themes
Document Text Contents
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Always having people around you in a fraternity home was mentioned by many of the

participants. This was shared by several of the participants who talked to people with whom

they would not normally connect or were not in their friend groups. Student 3 commented:

And then also just late night talks with guys staying up late there is always someone to

talk to at like 2:30 in the morning when you don’t want to study. You discuss topics rang-

ing from, I don’t even know, like Creation, all across the boards, I can’t even think of

right now just stuff you wouldn’t really talk with your parents about, your siblings about,

just cool topics talk about I guess late at night. I think late at night brings together people

who don’t usually hang out maybe so like a lot of my friends like to go to bed early so I

am just hanging out in my room by myself and I got to the chapter room and there are

people that maybe I wouldn’t hang out with normally that are down there studying or

something. Obviously people are going to want to go to McDonalds if they get bored of

studying or want a break or something. I think that is maybe one of the reasons why that

happens is cause those conversations didn’t necessarily happen with my friends and I

would say I say like not my close friends at least it happened with guys in my pledge

class I wasn’t super close with or guys who were older or younger than me. So I guess

that would be one of the reasons why is cause I was around a population of guys I really

didn’t hang out with all the time.

The ability to communicate with others of different backgrounds and family rituals was

discussed in connection to enhancing relationship and team building skills that will serve mem-

bers well in their career fields. Student 7 commented:

Within our fraternity house we have members from different countries, different states,

different geographic backgrounds, different economic backgrounds, different religions, I

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Appendix O - Representation of Themes

The impact of living in a fraternity

home on the Leadership Identity

development of its members

2. What are the key influences

of the development?

3. What process impact this


Positional leadership roles

(Broadening view of leadership)

Brotherhood events forge relationships

Older fraternity brothers’ influence

(Developing Self and Group Influences)

Formal chapter meetings

(Group Influences)

Multiple support systems

(Developmental Influences)

Diversity of other viewpoints

(Developing self)

1. How does the experience of

living in fraternity home shape the

Leadership Identity development

of its undergraduate members?

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