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1. Glass, Valerie Q. Black Lesbian Families and Their Relationships With Their Families of Origin.

Degree: PhD, Human Development, 2010, Virginia Tech

Twenty-two African American lesbians were interviewed in order to identify and examine the intersection of individual and family processes that African American lesbian couples engage in as a family with members of their families of origin. A qualitative research design based on grounded theory methods was used. Data were interpreted using an integrative framework of postmodern feminism, Black feminism, and symbolic interactionism. Findings revealed three major themes: a) Black lesbian couples go through a coming out process as a couple and as individuals, at times, simultaneously; b) Black lesbian families establish and enforce boundaries to protect their intentional, co-created families, and this boundary definition shapes lesbian family identity, and c) resources accessible from informal social supports by African American lesbian families are different from the types of social support and resources available to Black lesbian individuals. These findings provide valuable insights into lesbian family processes that can assist family studies, feminist scholars, family therapists, and community practitioners in identifying future research directions and clinical practices appropriate for African American lesbian families. Advisors/Committee Members: Few-Demo, April L. (committeechair), Dolbin-MacNab, Megan L. (committee member), Allen, Katherine R. (committee member), Piercy, Fred P. (committee member).

Subjects/Keywords: Therapy; African American; Lesbian; Feminist; Family; Lesbian Stepfamily

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APA (6th Edition):

Glass, V. Q. (2010). Black Lesbian Families and Their Relationships With Their Families of Origin. (Doctoral Dissertation). Virginia Tech. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10919/29515

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Glass, Valerie Q. “Black Lesbian Families and Their Relationships With Their Families of Origin.” 2010. Doctoral Dissertation, Virginia Tech. Accessed November 17, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/10919/29515.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Glass, Valerie Q. “Black Lesbian Families and Their Relationships With Their Families of Origin.” 2010. Web. 17 Nov 2019.

Vancouver:

Glass VQ. Black Lesbian Families and Their Relationships With Their Families of Origin. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. Virginia Tech; 2010. [cited 2019 Nov 17]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10919/29515.

Council of Science Editors:

Glass VQ. Black Lesbian Families and Their Relationships With Their Families of Origin. [Doctoral Dissertation]. Virginia Tech; 2010. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10919/29515

2. Rickards, Suzan Tracey Selby. AUTHENTICATING FAMILY: RE/CLAIMING LEGITIMACY BY THE LESBIAN HEADED STEPFAMILY.

Degree: PhD, School of Nursing, 2013, Dalhousie University

Family is an integral part of the fabric of society with diverse configurations of people living together, related through blood or kinship. Changes to the Canadian political and legal structures granting access to marriage have affirmed the rights of gays and lesbians, yet many remain positioned on the margins of society. This grounded theory study illuminates the experiences of women with children who meet and fall in love with another woman. An intricate series of events is set in motion towards development, and ultimately, affirmation of a new lesbian headed stepfamily that addresses the central problem of family legitimacy. The theory of authenticating family demonstrates how women and their children incorporate another woman into their lives, maintaining and protecting the legitimacy of the new family structure. Transitions from being a heterosexual and/or single parented family to a lesbian headed stepfamily create multiple opportunities for challenges to their sense of legitimacy. The new stepfamily faces marginalization, stigmatization and heteronormative assumptions that contest the sense of legitimacy for all family members. Lesbian headed stepfamilies have few role models to provide guidance for behavioural expectations. These families learn from multiple interactions among themselves and with outsiders about how to negotiate a new understanding of family. They develop the ability to demonstrate pride to a society that has marginalized in the past, even as society is evolving in acceptance of multiple and diverse family configurations. There are three stages in authenticating family: (a) accepting the challenge, a process of realizing an intimate attraction to another woman, coming to terms with the significance of pursuing a relationship, and finding balance between many potential obstacles; (b) building the bonds, takes families through the process of getting to know each other, creating relationships, and understanding how dynamics among the family have shifted. While the process of authenticating family remains primarily within the confines of the family home, members begin to look beyond their family in anticipating interactions with outsiders; and (c) thriving, the final process includes solidifying and reclaiming legitimacy while juggling relationships within the home and countering the impact of continuous interactions with society at large. Advisors/Committee Members: Dr. J. A. MacDonnell (external-examiner), Dr. M. MacDonald (graduate-coordinator), Dr. V. Leighteizer, Dr. R. Martin-Misener, Dr. M. MacDonald (thesis-reader), Dr. D. McLeod (thesis-supervisor), Received (ethics-approval), Not Applicable (manuscripts), Not Applicable (copyright-release).

Subjects/Keywords: Lesbian stepfamily; heterosexism; legitimacy; health; nursing

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APA (6th Edition):

Rickards, S. T. S. (2013). AUTHENTICATING FAMILY: RE/CLAIMING LEGITIMACY BY THE LESBIAN HEADED STEPFAMILY. (Doctoral Dissertation). Dalhousie University. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10222/36231

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Rickards, Suzan Tracey Selby. “AUTHENTICATING FAMILY: RE/CLAIMING LEGITIMACY BY THE LESBIAN HEADED STEPFAMILY.” 2013. Doctoral Dissertation, Dalhousie University. Accessed November 17, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/10222/36231.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Rickards, Suzan Tracey Selby. “AUTHENTICATING FAMILY: RE/CLAIMING LEGITIMACY BY THE LESBIAN HEADED STEPFAMILY.” 2013. Web. 17 Nov 2019.

Vancouver:

Rickards STS. AUTHENTICATING FAMILY: RE/CLAIMING LEGITIMACY BY THE LESBIAN HEADED STEPFAMILY. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. Dalhousie University; 2013. [cited 2019 Nov 17]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10222/36231.

Council of Science Editors:

Rickards STS. AUTHENTICATING FAMILY: RE/CLAIMING LEGITIMACY BY THE LESBIAN HEADED STEPFAMILY. [Doctoral Dissertation]. Dalhousie University; 2013. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10222/36231

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