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Counselling formerly heterosexually partnered gay fathers raised with religion

Earley, Eoin; Clarke, Victoria and Moller, Naomi (2019). Counselling formerly heterosexually partnered gay fathers raised with religion. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling (Early Access).

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DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/03069885.2019.1679351
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Abstract

Formerly heterosexually partnered gay fathers raised with religion are an under-researched group of LGBTQ parents. This group have potentially complex coming out journeys, which can result in them seeking counselling. This research explores the counselling experiences of such men and offers suggestions for working therapeutically with them. Twelve self-identified gay fathers participated in qualitative interviews. These men all had children in the context of a heterosexual marriage or committed partnership, and a religious upbringing of some kind in the US, Canada, the UK or Ireland. The key finding of the qualitative analysis was that participants wanted therapists to not assume a ‘best’ outcome for them as either gay or ‘straight’. Instead, they wanted therapists to respect and assist them to explore their own individual sense-making around their identities and to reject fixed notions from both ex-gay and (some versions of) gay affirmative therapy of what it means to be a ‘well-adjusted’ (gay) father.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN: 0306-9885
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology and Counselling > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology and Counselling
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
Item ID: 67269
Depositing User: Naomi Moller
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2019 09:39
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2020 17:46
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/67269
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