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Out and working : an analysis of the career narratives of three gay men Sugden, Tanis Marilyn Anne


From the interviews conducted with the three study participants, the interviewer derived descriptive narratives which were subsequently validated by the study participants. The participants were self-identified gay men and provided extensive narrative accounts of their careers in response to unstructured interview questions. The narratives were coalesced into a unified story which represents the critical elements of the narratives. These elements represent the process of career development that study participants experienced. Participants indicated the importance of socialization factors, role models, personal acceptance and opportunities for demonstrating competence as major considerations in their career choices. Life themes were introduced at the beginning of the story and were represented in the storied materials as well as the story structure.

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