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Rural Lesbians’ Perceptions of the Impact of Coming Out Within Their Families: A Qualitative Investigation

Glass, Jennifer L Rural Lesbians’ Perceptions of the Impact of Coming Out Within Their Families: A Qualitative Investigation. [Dissertation]

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Abstract

Disclosure of sexual orientation often changes several aspects within the family system, as relationship dynamics, roles, expectations, and boundaries may shift. Previous research has mainly examined the perspectives of urban and metropolitan dwelling family members when they learn someone is gay or lesbian and neglected the unique experiences of rural individuals. This study explored changes that occurred within a family system after disclosure of sexual identity, specifically for rural and nonmetropolitan lesbians. Through 11 semi-structured interviews and grounded theory analysis, 17 themes emerged, which were categorized into 4 over-arching groups: Family Processes, Family Communication, Community, and Intrapersonal Struggles. The sub-categories were combined to create the substantive code, Dynamic Interactions on Long-Term Sexual Orientation Disclosure in a Conflicted Environment, which represents the core story of how rural lesbians manage family relationships over time after sexual orientation disclosure.

Item Type: Dissertation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Jennifer Glass
Date Deposited: 25 May 2016 12:46
Last Modified: 25 May 2016 12:46
URI: http://wagner.radford.edu/id/eprint/227

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