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Parental Reactions to Their Child's Disclosure of a Gay/Lesbian Identity

Ritch C. Savin-Williams and Eric M. Dubé
Family Relations
Vol. 47, No. 1 (Jan., 1998), pp. 7-13
DOI: 10.2307/584845
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/584845
Page Count: 7
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Parental Reactions to Their Child's Disclosure of a Gay/Lesbian Identity
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Abstract

Popular culture writers have proposed a developmental sequence of stages that parents face upon first learning of their child's homosexuality. Empirical investigations of these purported "mourning and loss" stages are few and generally cast doubt on the inevitability and normative sequencing of parental reactions. We present this empirical evidence, suggest a research agenda, and discuss the implications of the research findings for mental health caregivers and practitioners.

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