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ERIC Number: EJ938346
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
ISSN: ISSN-0197-6664
"You Live 'Where'?!" Lesbian Mothers' Attachment to Nonmetropolitan Communities
Oswald, Ramona Faith; Lazarevic, Vanja
Family Relations, v60 n4 p373-386 Oct 2011
A positive attachment to one's residential community has been linked to better mental health (McLaren, 2009), stronger social support (Young, Russell, & Powers, 2004), and a higher quality of life (Mak, Cheung, & Law, 2009). Attachment to residential community has been understudied in research on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) families. The current study attempts to fill this gap by using family and minority stress theories to examine the predictors of residential community attachment among 77 lesbian mothers living in nonmetropolitan communities. Our findings indicate that stronger residential community attachment is predicted by more frequent contact with family of origin, low religiosity, and an interaction between close LGBT friendships and the presence of at least one local LGBT organization. Contrary to expectations, anti-LGBT victimization perpetrated by community members did not have an effect on residential community attachment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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