Department of Applied Psychology, New York University, 239 Greene Street, Suite 400, New York, NY 10003.
Parents’ awareness of lesbian, gay, and bisexual youths’ sexual orientation
Version of Record online: 15 APR 2005
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 67, Issue 2, pages 474–482, May 2005
How to Cite
D’Augelli , A. R., Grossman , A. H. and Starks, M. T. (2005), Parents’ awareness of lesbian, gay, and bisexual youths’ sexual orientation. Journal of Marriage and Family, 67: 474–482. doi: 10.1111/j.0022-2445.2005.00129.x
Department of Educational and School Psychology and Special Education, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802.
- Issue online: 15 APR 2005
- Version of Record online: 15 APR 2005
- coming out;
- sexual orientation
This study used a sample of 293 lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth to examine factors that differentiated youth whose parents knew of their sexual orientation from youth whose parents did not know. Earlier awareness and disclosure of same-gender attractions, greater childhood gender atypicality, and less internalized homophobia were characteristic of youth whose parents were aware of youths’ sexual orientation. Youth with aware parents reported more past verbal victimization on the basis of sexual orientation from parents, yet more current family support and less fear of future parental victimization on the basis of their sexual orientation.