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Paradoxical family practices: LGBTQ+ young people, mental health and wellbeing

Gabb, Jacqui; McDermott, Elizabeth; Eastham, Rachael and Hanbury, Ali (2019). Paradoxical family practices: LGBTQ+ young people, mental health and wellbeing. Journal of Sociology (Early Access).

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Abstract

This article will explore how LGBTQ+ young people sustain, and in some cases survive, family relationships. We develop the concept of ‘paradoxical family practices’ and use this to demonstrate the ways in which LGBTQ+ young people manage family life through everyday emotion work. This highlights: (1) how families ordinarily navigate heteronormativity and ‘issues’ of gender/sexuality; (2) the efficacy of ‘paradoxical family practices’ as a conceptual tool; (3) the value of emotion-centred multiple qualitative methods to explore the lives of LGBTQ+ young people and mental health. Findings derive from a small-scale UK study funded by the Wellcome Trust (UNS39780) and were generated through a two-stage methodology comprising digital/paper emotion maps and qualitative interviews with LGBTQ+ young people aged 16–25 (n = 12) followed by diary methods and follow-up interviews (n = 9). Interviews were also completed with ‘family members’ (n = 7).

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2019 The Authors
ISSN: 1741-2978
Keywords: emotion work; everyday family life; LGBTQ+ young people; mental health; paradoxical family practices
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 68318
SWORD Depositor: Jisc Publications-Router
Depositing User: Jisc Publications-Router
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2019 11:13
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2020 05:27
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/68318
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