Attributions and emotional ractions to the identity disclosure ("coming out") of a homosexual child

Jorge C. Armesto, Amy G Weisman

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Abstract

This study examined factors that contribute to parental rejection of gay and lesbian youth. College students (N = 356) were asked to imagine being the parent of an adolescent son who recently disclosed that he was gay. Consistent with study hypotheses and based on attribution and moral affect theory, results of regression analyses indicated that greater perceptions of control over homosexuality, higher proneness to experience shame, and lower proneness to experience guilt were associated with increasing negative reactions toward an imagined homosexual child. Also in line with study hypotheses, greater willingness to offer help to the hypothetical child was predicted by lower perceptions of control over homosexuality, less intensely unfavorable emotional reactions, less proneness to experience guilt, and greater reported likelihood of experiencing affection toward him. Theoretical and clinical implications of this research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-161
Number of pages17
JournalFamily Process
Volume40
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2001
Externally publishedYes

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Attributions and emotional ractions to the identity disclosure ("coming out") of a homosexual child. / Armesto, Jorge C.; Weisman, Amy G.

In: Family Process, Vol. 40, No. 2, 01.06.2001, p. 145-161.

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