Lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth and their families: Disclosure of sexual orientation and its consequences

Anthony R. D'Augelli, Scott L. Hershberger, Neil W. Pilkington

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

393 Scopus citations

Abstract

Lesbian, gay, and bisexual youngsters, aged 14-21 and living at home, were studied for patterns of disclosure of sexual orientation to families. Three-quarters had told at least one parent, more often the mother than the father. Those who had disclosed were generally more open about their sexual orientation than those who had not, and few of the nondisclosed expected parental acceptance. Those who had disclosed reported verbal and physical abuse by family members, and acknowledged more suicidality than those who had not 'come out' to their families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)361-371
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Volume68
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth and their families: Disclosure of sexual orientation and its consequences'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this