Title page for ETD etd-09272002-184653

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Baptist, Joyce Alexandria
URN etd-09272002-184653
Title Coming Out: One Family's Story
Degree PhD
Department Human Development
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Allen, Katherine R. Committee Chair
Piercy, Fred P. Committee Member
Prouty, Anne M. Committee Member
Roberto, Karen A. Committee Member
Uttech, Melanie R. Committee Member
  • Family process
  • Gay families
  • Coming out
Date of Defense 2002-09-10
Availability unrestricted
This case study elicits the process of coming out of a 6 member family-of-choice of an adult gay man in rural New Hampshire. 27.5 hours of face-to-face interviews were conducted with the family individually and collectively. Reflexivity, as a technique, was used extensively. Four themes were identified: Embracing gay identity, integrating as a family, building social networks, and social awakening. This study addresses the complexities of how multiple individuals negotiate rules and accommodate diverse viewpoints within a family system, provides insight into a family's journey of accepting their gay identity, utilizes personal narratives of family members, and reveals how the reflexive process contributes to a family's creation of new stories. Implications for clinical practice and future research are discussed.
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