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High School Coaches' Experiences With Openly Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Athletes.

Authors
  • Halbrook, Meghan K1
  • Watson, Jack C2
  • Voelker, Dana K2
  • 1 a Department of Physical Education , Randolph College , Lynchburg , Virginia , USA.
  • 2 b College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences , West Virginia University , Morgantown , West Virginia , USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of homosexuality
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2019
Volume
66
Issue
6
Pages
838–856
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2017.1423222
PMID: 29338643
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Despite reports that there has been a positive trend in perception and treatment of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals in recent years (Griffin, 2012 ; Loftus, 2001 ), sport, in general, is still an uncertain, and sometimes even hostile, environment for LGB athletes (Anderson, 2005 ; Waldron & Krane, 2005 ). To gain more information on coach understanding and perceptions of the team environment, 10 high school head coaches in the United States were interviewed to explore their experiences coaching openly LGB athletes. Qualitative analyses revealed four primary themes associated with coach experiences: team environment dogmas and observations, fundamental beliefs contributing to perceptions of LGB athletes, types and timing of sexual orientation disclosure, and differential LGB athlete characteristics. Future research should examine these primary themes in more detail through interviews with LGB athletes, as well as high school coaches in more traditionally masculine sports, such as football, men's basketball, and wrestling.

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