Dr. Matthew P. Shaw

Poteat, V.P., et al., 2015. Contextualizing gay-straight alliances: student, advisor, and structural factors related to positive youth development among members. Child Development , 86 (1) , pp. 176-193. Publisher's VersionAbstract
Gay-straight alliances (GSAs) may promote resilience. Yet, what GSA components predict well-being? Among 146 youth and advisors in 13 GSAs (58% lesbian, gay, bisexual, or questioning; 64% White; 38% received free/reduced-cost lunch), student (demographics, victimization, attendance frequency, leadership, support, control), advisor (years served, training, control), and contextual factors (overall support or advocacy, outside support for the GSA) that predicted purpose, mastery, and self-esteem were tested. In multilevel models, GSA support predicted all outcomes. Racial/ethnic minority youth reported greater well-being, yet lower support. Youth in GSAs whose advisors served longer and perceived more control and were in more supportive school contexts reported healthier outcomes. GSA advocacy also predicted purpose. Ethnographic notes elucidated complex associations and variability as to how GSAs operated.
Matthew P. Shaw

Dr. Matthew P. Shaw

Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Assistant Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University
Ed.D. (2016), Quantitative Policy Analysis in Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Matthew Patrick Shaw is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Assistant Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Shaw is a sociologist of law who specializes in education rights, in particular how laws define and constrain education access. His work focuses on educational inequity and investigating the forms of evidence needed to meet legal standards for reducing these inequities.

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