Parents' awareness of lesbian, gay, and bisexual youths' sexual orientation

Anthony R. D'Augelli, Arnold H. Grossman, Michael T. Starks

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)474-482
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Marriage and Family
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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