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ERIC Number: EJ865179
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-1357-5279
"I Knew I Wasn't like Anybody Else": Young Men's Accounts of Coming out and Being Gay in Northern Ireland
Schubotz, Dirk; McNamee, Helen
Child Care in Practice, v15 n3 p193-208 Jul 2009
This article is based on 20 one-to-one in-depth interviews conducted with young gay and bisexual men in Northern Ireland between 2000 and 2006. These interviews were conducted during two larger mixed-methods projects: one undertaken by the University of Ulster and the Northern Ireland branch of the Family Planning Association on sexual attitudes and lifestyles of 14-25 year olds, and the other conducted by the Rainbow Project on mental health of same-sex-attracted young men. During the interviews the respondents were asked to recall their experiences of coming out and living as same-sex-attracted people in Northern Ireland. Sociological narrative text-analytical coding techniques are used to identify core categories and themes of the coming-out process experienced by these young people. Firstly, the data are related to a model of gay identity formation. Secondly, Northern Ireland-specific circumstances impacting on gay identity formation are considered and embedded in a wider discussion using available literature. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)