Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A qualitative study of familial factors that contribute to a positive coming out process
by Burnias, Michael P., Psy.D., Pepperdine University, 2014, 208; 3639640
Abstract (Summary)

A qualitative study of three families who had a male family member come out as gay was conducted in order to gain an in-depth understanding of the events leading up to coming out, the actual coming out event, and events following coming out. In particular, this study was conducted to gain more information about families that describe an overall positive experience of the coming out process, including common processes and familial characteristics. In total, individual interviews were conducted with seven participants: a brother and sister; a son, mother, and sister; and a son and mother. Interviews explored each individual's recollection of the coming out process and events following the coming out process that were related to addressing a family member's sexuality. Data analysis revealed five prominent themes for all three families: (a) coming out in stages, (b) types of responses to coming out, (c) expressions of acceptance, (d) cultural influences, and (e) exposure to homosexuality. Additionally, one theme, psychological distress, was salient for one family and became evident during the within-family analysis. The themes are discussed in relationship to current research. Clinical implications and implications for future research are also addressed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: deMayo, Robert
Commitee: Ingram, Barbara, O'Keefe, Carolyn
School: Pepperdine University
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 76/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: GLBT Studies, Clinical psychology, Individual & family studies
Keywords: Coming out, Cultural influences, Gay family member, Homosexuality exposure, Positive experience, Psychological distress, Responses and acceptance
Publication Number: 3639640
ISBN: 978-1-321-24253-9
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