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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Youth and Adolescence 1/2016

15-09-2015 | Empirical Research

Microaggressions, Feelings of Difference, and Resilience Among Adopted Children with Sexual Minority Parents

Auteurs: Rachel H. Farr, Emily E. Crain, M. K. Oakley, Krystal K. Cashen, Karin J. Garber

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Youth and Adolescence | Uitgave 1/2016

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Abstract

Limited research exists about the unique experiences and possible marginalization of children with sexual minority parents. From a larger longitudinal project of diverse adoptive families, we examined cross-sectional data using mixed methods from interviews with 49 adopted children (M age  = 8 years; 47 % female) in 27 two-father and 22 two-mother families. Using thematic analysis, we coded themes of awareness of difference, microaggressions, and resilience (i.e., coping and positive family conceptualizations). Children experienced “feeling different” and microaggressions from peers, but generally at a low to medium intensity and with neutral (not negative) emotion. More instances of resilience and positive family conceptualizations were reported than microaggressions or feelings of difference, suggesting that children develop positive perceptions of their family and navigate experiences of difference with resilience. Filling important gaps in the literature, we discuss implications of our results for practice and policy.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Microaggressions, Feelings of Difference, and Resilience Among Adopted Children with Sexual Minority Parents
Auteurs
Rachel H. Farr
Emily E. Crain
M. K. Oakley
Krystal K. Cashen
Karin J. Garber
Publicatiedatum
15-09-2015
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Youth and Adolescence / Uitgave 1/2016
Print ISSN: 0047-2891
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-6601
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-015-0353-6