Award Date

12-1-2017

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Marriage and Family Therapy

First Committee Member

Carissa D'Aniello-Heyda

Second Committee Member

Katherine Hertlein

Third Committee Member

Brandon Eddy

Fourth Committee Member

Erika Abad

Number of Pages

87

Abstract

There is limited research on Latino LGBQ individuals and their coming-out experiences. To understand the coming out process of Latino LGBQ individuals, interviews were conducted with 10 Latino LGBQ young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 years old. Using Moustakas (1994) phenomenological approach, six themes derived from the study: (a) The disclosure process impacts family closeness and distance, (b) Latino LGBQ individuals’ family members enter a state of disbelief about their sexual orientation, (c) control of disclosure influences Latino LGBQ young adults’ perception of their coming-out experience, (d) the experience of coming-out for Latino LGBQ individuals is influenced by the cultural value of religion, (e) the experience of coming-out for Latino LGBQ individuals is influenced by the cultural value of traditional gender roles, and (f) disclosure of sexual identity is a continuous process for Latino LGBQ individuals. Clinical implications and areas for future research are discussed.

Keywords

coming-out; disclosure; family reaction; Latino; LGBQ; mental health

Disciplines

Latin American Studies | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Mental and Social Health

Language

English


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