Learning About a Child's Gay or Lesbian Sexual Orientation: Parental Concerns About Societal Rejection, Loss of Loved Ones, and Child Well Being.

Published: September 1, 2011


This article reports the results of a study examining heterosexual parents’ concerns upon learning about their children’s gay or lesbian sexual orientations. Three areas of parental concern are noted: (a) those about what society thinks of them because they have gay or lesbian children, (b) those about being rejected by loved ones, and (c) concerns for their child’s physical and psychological well being. Results indicate that parents’ concerns about having gay or lesbian children differ depending on the gender of the parent, gender of the child, awareness of stigma, and perceptions of parents’ own gender role attributes.

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