An exploration of homosexual identity formation in gay men from heterosexual marriages

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/230992
Title:
An exploration of homosexual identity formation in gay men from heterosexual marriages
Authors:
Newton, Trevor
Abstract:
This study explored identity formation and the ‘coming out’ process of gay men who had been heterosexually married. The participants explored their sexual identity development, their marriage, and their coming out as gay to themselves and to others in a semi-structured interview. The interviews were analysed through a heuristic enquiry and a phenomenological approach that honoured the unique perceptions and interpretations of the world that the researcher and participants grew up in and became acculturated to. The research supports the current literature with regard to suicidal ideation and fear about coming out: these are not a thing of the past and remain a problem for those who internalise their homophobia. The research highlighted a gap in the literature surrounding the impact a child may feel when one of their parents comes out from a heterosexual marriage. The implications for counselling practice and training were also discussed.
Advisors:
Swinton, Valda
Publisher:
University of Chester
Issue Date:
Mar-2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/230992
Type:
Thesis or dissertation
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
MPhil / PhD Theses and Masters dissertations

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DC FieldValueLanguage
dc.contributor.advisorSwinton, Valdaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorNewton, Trevoren_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-06-27T12:09:29Z-
dc.date.available2012-06-27T12:09:29Z-
dc.date.issued2012-03-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/230992-
dc.description.abstractThis study explored identity formation and the ‘coming out’ process of gay men who had been heterosexually married. The participants explored their sexual identity development, their marriage, and their coming out as gay to themselves and to others in a semi-structured interview. The interviews were analysed through a heuristic enquiry and a phenomenological approach that honoured the unique perceptions and interpretations of the world that the researcher and participants grew up in and became acculturated to. The research supports the current literature with regard to suicidal ideation and fear about coming out: these are not a thing of the past and remain a problem for those who internalise their homophobia. The research highlighted a gap in the literature surrounding the impact a child may feel when one of their parents comes out from a heterosexual marriage. The implications for counselling practice and training were also discussed.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of Chesteren
dc.subjectcoming outen_GB
dc.subjectgayen_GB
dc.subjectheterosexuallyen_GB
dc.subjectmarrieden_GB
dc.subjecthomosexualen_GB
dc.subjectidentityen_GB
dc.subjectsocietal influenceen_GB
dc.titleAn exploration of homosexual identity formation in gay men from heterosexual marriagesen_GB
dc.typeThesis or dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationnameMAen
dc.type.qualificationlevelMasters Degreeen
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