Title

“Life Is Getting Better”: Understanding Stabilizing Factors in Conservative Christian Families Post-Coming Out

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-8-2020

Keywords

Christian context, coming out, family dynamics, LGBTQ+, qualitative research, quantitative research, religion, Seventh-day Adventist

Abstract

© 2020 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. This article explores the perceptions of Millennial-age LBGTQ + individuals raised in conservative Christian families (Seventh-day Adventist) about their coming out experiences with family members. The analysis examines six strategies that participants identified as helping regain family equilibrium post-coming out. These strategies included: parent’s expression of unconditional love, passing of time, having a long-term relationship with a partner, communicating openly with parents, creating distance and independence from parents, and avoiding the LGBTQ + topic entirely.

Journal Title

Journal of GLBT Family Studies

DOI

10.1080/1550428X.2020.1800544

First Department

Discipleship and Religious Education

Second Department

Social Work

Third Department

Graduate Psychology and Counseling

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