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

Gabb, Jacqui and McDermott, Elizabeth and Eastham, Rachael and Hanbury, Ali (2019) Paradoxical family practices:LGBTQ+ young people, mental health and wellbeing. Journal of Sociology. ISSN 1440-7833

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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).

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Journal Article
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Journal of Sociology
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139149
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Deposited On:
22 Nov 2019 14:45
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Yes
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Published
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30 Mar 2020 10:37