Disclosing sexual orientation to parents is one of the most difficult developmental tasks for lesbian and gay youths: the association between negative reactions to coming out from family and higher levels of internalized sexual stigma have bad consequences on adolescents general health. The study investigated the negative parental reaction to comingo out, the differences between perceived maternal and paternal responses and the effect of these variables on the adolescents’ level of internalized sexual stigma. Participants’ perceptions of their parents’ reactions, age at coming out, gender, parental political orientation, religiosity involvement, family functioning, and interlized sexual stigma were assessed in 150 Italian gay and lesbian adolescents. Findings confirm that a negative parental reaction is the result of poor family resources to face a stressful situation and a strong belief in traditional values.Negative reaction mediates the effect between a more rigid family functioning and internalized sexual stigma. These results have important implications in clinical and social fields.

The study investigated the negative parental reaction to comingo out, the differences between perceived maternal and paternal responses and the effect of these variables on the adolescents’ level of internalized sexual stigma

Coming out during adolescence. Perceived parents' reactions and internalized sexual stigma / Baiocco, Roberto; Fontanesi, Lilybeth; F., Santamaria; Ioverno, Salvatore; Baumgartner, Emma; Laghi, Fiorenzo. - In: JOURNAL OF HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY. - ISSN 1359-1053. - ELETTRONICO. - 8:21(2016), pp. 1809-1813. [10.1177/1359105314564019]

Coming out during adolescence. Perceived parents' reactions and internalized sexual stigma

BAIOCCO, ROBERTO;FONTANESI, LILYBETH;IOVERNO, SALVATORE;BAUMGARTNER, Emma;LAGHI, Fiorenzo
2016

Abstract

Disclosing sexual orientation to parents is one of the most difficult developmental tasks for lesbian and gay youths: the association between negative reactions to coming out from family and higher levels of internalized sexual stigma have bad consequences on adolescents general health. The study investigated the negative parental reaction to comingo out, the differences between perceived maternal and paternal responses and the effect of these variables on the adolescents’ level of internalized sexual stigma. Participants’ perceptions of their parents’ reactions, age at coming out, gender, parental political orientation, religiosity involvement, family functioning, and interlized sexual stigma were assessed in 150 Italian gay and lesbian adolescents. Findings confirm that a negative parental reaction is the result of poor family resources to face a stressful situation and a strong belief in traditional values.Negative reaction mediates the effect between a more rigid family functioning and internalized sexual stigma. These results have important implications in clinical and social fields.
2016
The study investigated the negative parental reaction to comingo out, the differences between perceived maternal and paternal responses and the effect of these variables on the adolescents’ level of internalized sexual stigma
coming out; internalized sexual stigma; homophobia; gay men; parents' reactions
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Coming out during adolescence. Perceived parents' reactions and internalized sexual stigma / Baiocco, Roberto; Fontanesi, Lilybeth; F., Santamaria; Ioverno, Salvatore; Baumgartner, Emma; Laghi, Fiorenzo. - In: JOURNAL OF HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY. - ISSN 1359-1053. - ELETTRONICO. - 8:21(2016), pp. 1809-1813. [10.1177/1359105314564019]
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