Guideline 10. Psychologists attempt to understand the ways that a individuals lesbian, gay, or bisexual orientation may have an effect on their category of origin in addition to relationship with that category of beginning.
There are lots of responses family members may have upon learning this one of its people is lesbian, homosexual, or bisexual (Patterson; Savin-Williams). Some groups of beginning could be unprepared to simply accept a lesbian, homosexual, or bisexual son or daughter or member of the family due to familial, cultural, or social norms; spiritual opinions; or negative stereotypes (Buxton; Chan; Firestein; Greene; Matteson). This awareness may precipitate a family crisis that can result in profound distancing from or expulsion of the lesbian, gay, or bisexual family member, rejection of the parents and siblings by that family member, parental guilt and self-recrimination, or conflicts within the parents’ relationship (Dickens & McKellen; Griffin, Wirth, & Wirth; Savin-Williams; Savin-Williams & Dube; Strommen) for these families. Having said that, you will find categories of beginning in which acceptance of the lesbian, homosexual, or member that is bisexual unconditional or without crisis (Patterson; Savin-Williams). (more…)