Understanding the Lived Experiences of Hispanic Sexual Minority Youth and their Parents

Alyssa Lozano, Alejandra Fernández, Maria I. Tapia, Yannine Estrada, Lara Juan Martinuzzi, Guillermo Prado

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Abstract

Disclosure of sexual identity and/or gender orientation is difficult for youth and is associated with elevated adverse health risks, particularly when there is parental rejection. There are limited studies conducted with Hispanic sexual minority youth (HSMY) and their families to understand the disclosure process, how the family unit changes and adapts following disclosure, and the implications for preventive interventions for HSMY and their families. This paper explores the lived experiences of youth and parents throughout the disclosure process. A phenomenological approach was used to interview 15 parent–youth dyads (N = 30) to understand what it means for Hispanic youth to disclose their sexual identity and/or gender orientation. Three themes that best described the experience emerged from the participant interviews; the experience of disclosing included intrapersonal challenges, navigating disclosure, and conceptualizing acceptance. The authors highlight implications for preventive interventions that can help these families undergoing the unique process of disclosure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalFamily Process
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • Disclosure
  • Gender Identity
  • Hispanic Youth
  • Parent Acceptance
  • Qualitative
  • Sexual Orientation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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