Parent-Child Relations throughout Life

By Karl Pillemer; Kathleen McCartney | Go to book overview

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Double Jeopardy: Identity Transitions and Parent-Child Relations Among Gay and Lesbian Youth

Andrew M. Boxer Michael Reese Hospital & Medical Center and The University of Chicago Judith A. Cook Thresholds Research Institute and The University of Chicago Gilbert Herdt The University of Chicago


GAY AND LESBIAN YOUTH

In this chapter we investigate parent-child relations among a group of 202 youth (ages 14-21) in the process of self-identification as gay or lesbian (also know as the "coming out" process). From data collected in a larger interdisciplinary, developmental, and anthropological investigation ( Herdt, Boxer, & Irvin, 1986) we examine the effects of the youth's self-disclosure of their sexual orientation to parents on their parental relations (with mothers and fathers), as reported by the youth. We also briefly examine this process from the point of view of a group of parents, based on pilot interviews with 50 parents whose young adult children had disclosed their gay or lesbian identities to them.


Background

Currently in our society we are accustomed to hearing of gays or lesbians "coming out of the closet" and living publicly as homosexual. The American cultural idiom "coming out" has emerged to refer to many psychological processes and social events ( Herdt, 1991). This idiom, on a global level, indexes the act whereby someone declares their identity to be "homosexual" or "gay" or "lesbian" to family, friends, or co-workers who assumed the person to be "straight" or "heterosexual." Although the declaration may occur in public, private, or

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