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Arch Sex Behav. 2019 Jul;48(5):1581-1588. doi: 10.1007/s10508-019-1430-9. Epub 2019 Jun 19.

Effects of Family Demographics and the Passage of Time on Parents' Difficulty with Their Lesbian, Gay, or Bisexual Youth's Sexual Orientation.

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1
Department of Prevention and Community Health, George Washington University, 950 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 3rd Floor, Washington, DC, 20052, USA. davidhuebner@gwu.edu.
2
Department of Prevention and Community Health, George Washington University, 950 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 3rd Floor, Washington, DC, 20052, USA.
3
Department of Psychology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA.

Abstract

Parents' responses to a child's sexual orientation are critical to shaping lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) adolescents' health, but we know little about which families struggle most with having an LGB child. This study explored how parent responses to their LGB child varied by parent characteristics, child characteristics, and time passing. Parents of LGB youth aged 10-25 years (n = 1195) completed questions about themselves, their children, and their difficulty with having an LGB child. Parents with older children and African American and Latino parents reported the most difficulty. Parents who had known about a child's sexual orientation for more time reported less difficulty. However, these decreases in difficulty were only observed after 2 years, and parents reporting they had known for between 2 months and 2 years all reported similarly high levels of difficulty. Findings point to families most in need of intervention to improve parent responses and reduce adolescent risk.

KEYWORDS:

Family reactions; Family support; Lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth; Parenting; Sexual orientation

PMID:
31218463
DOI:
10.1007/s10508-019-1430-9

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