African American offspring share their experiences of transitioning from a heterosexual to a same-sex family lifestyle: A phenomenological study

by Jackson, Sydney L., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2013, 161 pages; 3555170


Viewed through an ecological systems theory lens, this qualitative study was conducted using a hermeneutic phenomenological paradigm. Ecological influences and proximal processes were considered. This approach allowed for a socially constructed interpretation of the experience of African Americans. Focus was placed on participant narratives. Participants in this study were the adult offspring of African American parents, who have transitioned from living in a heterosexual to a same-sex relationship environment. The research question explored how the participants described their lived experiences. The narratives resulted in the provision of various perspectives on experiencing the transition. This study augments the field of human services by making a contribution of knowledge in an area that has been minimally addressed. The goal of this study is to allow the viewpoint of these individuals to be advanced; the study contributes to closing the gap in the present literature. The objective is to further knowledge in the area by providing a different view of the phenomenon in terms of education to families and practitioners. It is also meant to enhance treatment and interventions to the affected populations.

AdviserAnne Cabanilla
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsLGBTQ studies; Individual & family studies; Gender studies
Publication Number3555170

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