Conflict between culture and sexuality: A qualitative study of the coming out experience of Latino gay men.
Gerena, Carlos E.
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The purpose of this study was to determine whether cultural norms in the Latino community influence the way families, especially fathers, respond to their sons and how sons are affected when coming out. This qualitative phenomenological study collected data by using a self-administered survey. Participants were asked questions about their experiences coming out to a family member, specifically their father, as it relates to the Latino culture and personal history. This study was the first to examine the coming out experience of Latino gay men and how their disclosure may impact their mental health and their relationships with their fathers’. This study revealed that cultural norms influenced the coming out decision for the men in this study. Participants shared their lived experiences of coming out to their fathers, including barriers and supports they encountered in the process. Findings yield the unique challenges and strengths of these men that social workers can use in their practice. Understanding that cultural norms play an essential role in the coming out process for these men, social workers will be better prepared to apply interventions that meet the population’s cultural needs.
Doctoral Dissertation, PhD, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Open access
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