Adult Children of Gay Fathers: Parent-Child Relationship Quality and Mental Health.
a Human Development & Family Studies , Pennsylvania State University, Health and Human Development Building, University Park , Pennsylvania , USA.
b Department of Psychology , University of Virginia , Charlottesville , Virginia , USA.
- Published Article
Journal of homosexuality
- Publication Date
Jan 01, 2018
According to family systems theory, parent-child relationships are an important aspect of individual wellbeing. This study explored associations among parental disclosure, parent-child relationships, and wellbeing among 84 adult children with gay fathers. We explored associations between the adult children's wellbeing and the children's ages at sexual orientation disclosure, geographic distance, relationship quality, and closeness with their fathers. We found that when parental disclosure had occurred earlier in the adult child's life, participants reported feeling closer to fathers in adulthood. Those who reported closer relationships with their fathers reported greater wellbeing. Using a stepwise regression, we found that adult children's reports of closeness with fathers were the best predictors of adult children's wellbeing.
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