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The process of becoming a strong GLBT family: A grounded theory

Maureen E Todd, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


Using the qualitative method of grounded theory, data were collected from 21 couples who identified as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and/or Transgender (GLBT) from across the country. The purpose of this grounded theory was to generate a model that explains the process of developing family strengths in GLBT couples. In-depth interviews (both in person and phone interviews), observations with field notes, and member checking were used. A theoretical model was developed describing (1) the central phenomenon of strong GLBT families, (2) the contexts in which GLBT families thrive, (3) the various strategies GLBT couples use to build and maintain their strengths, and (4) the intervening conditions and outcomes of these strengths. These findings support the notion that strong GLBT families are more similar to strong heterosexual families than they are different and offer alternatives to the standard problem focused approach to studying GLBT families. This research can assist clinicians in helping GLBT couples bolster their strength and suggests implications for public policy. ^

Subject Area

Women's Studies|GLBT Studies|Sociology, Individual and Family Studies

Recommended Citation

Todd, Maureen E, "The process of becoming a strong GLBT family: A grounded theory" (2011). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3449518.