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14-06-2019 | Original Paper | Uitgave 11/2019

Journal of Child and Family Studies 11/2019

Worsening Perceptions of Family Connectedness and Parent Support for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Adolescents

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Journal of Child and Family Studies > Uitgave 11/2019
Auteurs:
Ryan J. Watson, Hilary A. Rose, Marion Doull, Jones Adjei, Elizabeth Saewyc
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Abstract

Objectives

Lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) adolescents often report compromised relations with their families. Given the recent changes in societal attitudes toward LGB individuals, in respect to rights for marriage and other legal statuses, we explore whether or not there has been a change in how LGB and heterosexual adolescents perceive their family relations over time.

Methods

Using the British Columbia Adolescent Health Survey from British Columbia, Canada (N = 99,373; Mage = 14.8), we investigated the trends and disparities in family connectedness and mother/father support in four data sets from 1998 to 2013.

Results

We found that while levels of perceived family connectedness and parent support have increased for heterosexual adolescents since 1998, the same increases were not found for LGB adolescents. Among LGB participants, levels of perceived connectedness/support generally decreased in each survey wave, especially among females. Alarmingly, significant disparities in these perceptions remained for LGB youth over time.

Conclusions

Our findings have implications for supportive interventions focused on LGB adolescents and their families and in particular, the role of father support.

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