The purpose of this qualitative study of 12 gay and lesbian volunteers was to explore the relationship between spirituality and sexual identity. It sought data from which to learn about the conflicts experienced when trying to find peace between these two identities, become aware of influences that affect a gay or lesbian person's self-acceptance and understand areas of support.
The study found that many participants experienced conflict in the relationships with family members because their sexual identity was viewed as immoral. Participants also experienced internal conflict because of the influence from their religious or spiritual upbringing. Most participants found that time allowed for acceptance from family, friends and self.
Recommendations for social work practice include the need for mental health professionals to work with clients on self-acceptance as well as advocating for the psychological well-being of gay and lesbian individuals through increased spiritual support.
|Advisor:||Lee, Cheryl D.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, GLBT Studies, Spirituality|
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