The Positive Aspects of Being the Parent of an LGBTQ Child

Authors

  • Kirsten A. Gonzalez,

    1. Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology, 236 Dickey Hall, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
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  • Sharon S. Rostosky,

    Corresponding author
    1. Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology, 245 Dickey Hall, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
    • Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology, 236 Dickey Hall, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
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  • Robert D. Odom,

    1. Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology, 236 Dickey Hall, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
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  • Ellen D. B. Riggle

    1. Department of Political Science and Gender and Women's Studies Program, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
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  • We gratefully acknowledge Linda Clay Cunningham, M. S., for her contributions to this study.

Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Sharon Scales Rostosky, Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology, 245 Dickey Hall, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506-0017. E-mail: s.rostosky@uky.edu

Abstract

Parenting an LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer) identified child presents unique opportunities for growth and development. This study focused on self-reported perceptions of the positive aspects of being the parent of an LGBTQ child. Participants (N = 142) were mothers (83.8%) and fathers (16.2%) of LGBTQ identified individuals who responded to an open-ended online survey. Thematic analysis revealed five primary themes: Personal Growth (open mindedness, new perspectives, awareness of discrimination, and compassion), Positive Emotions (pride and unconditional love), Activism, Social Connection, and Closer Relationships (closer to child and family closeness). The practice implications of these findings for supporting parents in envisioning positive relationship outcomes for themselves and their children are highlighted in the discussion.

摘要

养育LGBTQ(女同性恋者、男同性恋者、双性恋者、跨性别者,或酷儿)孩子为成长与发展提供独特的机遇。本项研究关注养育LGBTQ 孩子积极面的自我报告感知。参与者(N= 142)为LGBTQ者的母亲(占83.8%)和父亲(占16.2%),我们对他们进行了开放式在线调查。主题分析揭示了五大主题:个人成长(开阔心境、新视角、歧视意识,以及同情心)、积极情感(自豪和无条件的爱)、行动主义、社会关系以及更亲密的关系(与孩子更亲近和家庭亲密感)。本文的讨论部分强调这些发现对于支持家长展望自己及孩子的积极关系成果所具有的实践意义。

RESUMEN

Ser padres de un niño identificado como LGBTQ (lesbianas, gais, bisexuales y personas transgénero o queer) presenta oportunidades únicas para el crecimiento y el desarrollo. Este estudio se centró en las percepciones informadas por los propios participantes de los aspectos positivos de ser padre o madre de un niño LGBTQ. Los participantes (N = 142) fueron madres (83, 8%) y padres (16, 2%) de personas identificadas como LGBTQ que respondieron a una encuesta abierta por Internet. El análisis temático reveló cinco temas principales: crecimiento personal (actitud abierta, perspectivas nuevas, conciencia de la discriminación y compasión), emociones positivas (orgullo y amor incondicional), activismo, conexión social y relaciones más estrechas (más estrechas con el niño y la familia). En el debate se destacan las consecuencias prácticas de estos hallazgos para ayudar a los padres a prever resultados relacionales positivos para ellos y sus hijos.

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