The process of identity development as the parent of a lesbian or gay male

Mary Jane Phillips, Julie R. Ancis

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Abstract

Research has explored some aspects of parental adjustment when learning that a child is lesbian or gay, most often focusing on initial reactions. The small body of literature examining changes over time in parents' attitudes has provided clues about factors that facilitate adjustment to the news that an offspring is lesbian or gay. In this study, the grounded theory method guided development of a model of the processes that parents experience when they learn that their son or daughter is gay or lesbian.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)126-158
Number of pages33
JournalJournal of LGBT Issues in Counseling
Volume2
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 13 2008
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gender Studies
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

Keywords

  • Coming out
  • Gay men
  • Lesbians
  • Parent
  • Sexual orientation

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