ERIC Number: EJ843874
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
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"Second Generation" Voices: Queer Youth with Lesbian/Bisexual Mothers
Kuvalanka, Katherine A.; Goldberg, Abbie E.
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v38 n7 p904-919 Aug 2009
Research on the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth with LGBTQ parents is absent in the social science literature. The present qualitative, exploratory study utilized a social constructionist and queer theoretical lens through which to explore the sexual/gender identity formation and disclosure experiences of 18 LGBTQ young adults with lesbian/bisexual mothers. Findings suggest that LGBTQ parents may have a uniquely positive influence on their LGBTQ children in regard to their sexual and gender identity development. However, some participants reported perceiving societal scrutiny related to their mothers' lesbian/bisexual identities and, thus, felt pressure to be heterosexual and gender-conforming. Furthermore, some participants did not necessarily utilize or view their lesbian/bisexual mothers as sources of support in relation to their own sexual/gender identity formation. While much more research is needed that examines the experiences of LGBTQ children with LGBTQ parents, this study represents a first step in addressing the existing literature gap.
Descriptors: Mothers, Social Theories, Young Adults, Homosexuality, Sexual Identity, Parent Influence, Parenting Styles, Identification (Psychology), Social Attitudes, Gender Issues
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