Publication
Title
Families of choice? Exploring the supportive networks of lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals
Author
Abstract
Despite the judicial and cultural progress that has been made in Flanders (i.e., Dutch-speaking part of Belgium), lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals (LGBs) are still a stigmatized sexual minority. They are assumed to rely extensively on the support of friends to compensate for lack of familial support (i.e., family-of-choice hypothesis). In this article, we compare the support networks of 2,754 Flemish LGBs and 1,199 Flemish citizens and find convincing support for the family-of-choice hypothesis. LGBs seem to rely primarily on friends, while the average Fleming primarily relies on family for confidant support. We discuss the supportive potential captured in these friendship networks and raise the question Are friends all a person needs?
Language
English
Source (journal)
Journal of applied social psychology. - Washington, D.C.
Publication
Washington, D.C. : 2011
ISSN
0021-9029
Volume/pages
41:2(2011), p. 312-331
ISI
000287588500005
Full text (Publisher's DOI)
UAntwerpen
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Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
Web of Science
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Creation 31.05.2011
Last edited 07.08.2017
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