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2009

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Coming out (Sexual orientation)

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"Like Straight People Do" : An Exploration Of Issues Lesbian Women Encounter During Their Coming Out Process, Emily Brennan Russell Aug 2009

"Like Straight People Do" : An Exploration Of Issues Lesbian Women Encounter During Their Coming Out Process, Emily Brennan Russell

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A qualitative, flexible research method design was used to obtain data from a focus group, to investigate how lesbians experience a change in internal self and object relations in the process of coming out. More specifically, the research investigated: 1) what internal/external object representations are affected by coming out as a lesbian; 2) what are the internal issues of identity change; 3) what are the interpersonal issues of support; 4) what internal/interpersonal issues of "losses/gains" exist while coming out? Five adult lesbian women between the ages of 25 and 29 participated in this focus group study in ...


Childhood Sexual Abuse And Lesbian Coming Out Process, Amy Kirsztajn Aug 2009

Childhood Sexual Abuse And Lesbian Coming Out Process, Amy Kirsztajn

Theses, Dissertations, and Projects

This study sought to look at whether being sexually abused during childhood has an affect on the coming out process for lesbian women. Using Morris' (1997) model of coming out as a reference, themes of trust around coming out, timing of homosexual self-awareness and the double stigma of being abused and identifying as a lesbian were explored. This qualitative study involved 7 semi-structured interviews of women who were over the age of 25, had been sexually abused before the age of 15 and currently identify as lesbian. Due to the lack of time and sensitive subject matter the small sample ...


Voices From The Parents Of Lesbian, Gay Or Bisexual Children : How Do Parents Adjust To Their Child's Lesbian, Gay Or Bisexuality?, Jillian Love Goldstein Aug 2009

Voices From The Parents Of Lesbian, Gay Or Bisexual Children : How Do Parents Adjust To Their Child's Lesbian, Gay Or Bisexuality?, Jillian Love Goldstein

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This study explored the following question: How do parents adjust to the disclosure of their child's lesbian, gay, or bisexual identity? The purpose of this study was to focus on the parent of a LGB child in order to understand their reactions to their child's sexuality, their process of adjusting to their child's LGB identity, and to determine the impact it may have on the parents' relationship with their child. The study included two methodology components: an online anonymous survey and an in-person interview. The sample pool was comprised of sixty-one parents through the online survey and ...