Coming Out, Coming Home: Helping Families Adjust to a Gay or Lesbian Child

Coming Out, Coming Home: Helping Families Adjust to a Gay or Lesbian Child Author Michael LaSala Ph.D.
ISBN-10 0231143834
ISBN-13 9780231143837
Year 2010-06-24
Pages 304
Language English
Publisher Columbia University Press
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The discovery that a child is lesbian or gay can send shockwaves through a family A mother will question how she s raised her son a father will worry that his daughter will experience discrimination From the child s perspective gay and lesbian youth fear their families will reject them and that they will lose financial and emotional support All in all learning a child is gay challenges long held views about sexuality and relationships and the resulting uncertainty can produce feelings of anger resentment and concern Through a qualitative multicultural study of sixty five gay and lesbian children and their parents Michael LaSala a leading expert on this issue outlines effective practice tested interventions for families in transition His research reveals surprising outcomes such as learning that a child is homosexual can improve familial relationships including father child relationships even if a parent reacts strongly or negatively to the revelation By confronting feelings of depression anxiety and grief head on LaSala formulates the best approach for practitioners who hope to reestablish intimacy among family members and preserve family connectionsas well as individual autonomywell into the child s maturation By restricting his study to parents and children of the same family LaSala accurately captures the reciprocal effects of family interactions identifying them as targets for effective treatment Coming Out Coming Home is also a valuable text for families enabling adjustment through relatable scenarios and analyses

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