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Adult Children of Gay Fathers: Parent-Child Relationship Quality and Mental Health.

Authors
  • Tornello, Samantha L1
  • Patterson, Charlotte J2
  • 1 a Human Development & Family Studies , The Pennsylvania State University, Health and Human Development Building, University Park , Pennsylvania , USA.
  • 2 b Department of Psychology , University of Virginia , Charlottesville , Virginia , USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of homosexuality
Publication Date
Nov 16, 2017
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2017.1406218
PMID: 29144882
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

According to family systems theory, parent-child relationships are an important aspect of individual well-being. This study explored associations among parental disclosure, parent-child relationships, and well-being among 84 adult children with gay fathers. We explored associations between the adult children's well-being 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 well-being. Using a stepwise regression, we found that adult children's reports of closeness with fathers were the best predictors of adult children's well-being.

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