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Families of choice? Exploring the supportive networks of lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals

Alexis Dewaele (UGent) , Nele Cox (UGent) , Wim Vanden Berghe (UGent) and Johny Vincke (UGent)
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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?".
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YOUNG-ADULTS, SOCIAL SUPPORT, IDENTITY FORMATION, WOMEN, LIFE

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Dewaele, Alexis et al. “Families of Choice? Exploring the Supportive Networks of Lesbians, Gay Men, and Bisexuals.” JOURNAL OF APPLIED SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY 41.2 (2011): 312–331. Print.
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Dewaele, A., Cox, N., Vanden Berghe, W., & Vincke, J. (2011). Families of choice? Exploring the supportive networks of lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals. JOURNAL OF APPLIED SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, 41(2), 312–331.
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Dewaele, Alexis, Nele Cox, Wim Vanden Berghe, and Johny Vincke. 2011. “Families of Choice? Exploring the Supportive Networks of Lesbians, Gay Men, and Bisexuals.” Journal of Applied Social Psychology 41 (2): 312–331.
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Dewaele, Alexis, Nele Cox, Wim Vanden Berghe, and Johny Vincke. 2011. “Families of Choice? Exploring the Supportive Networks of Lesbians, Gay Men, and Bisexuals.” Journal of Applied Social Psychology 41 (2): 312–331.
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Dewaele A, Cox N, Vanden Berghe W, Vincke J. Families of choice? Exploring the supportive networks of lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals. JOURNAL OF APPLIED SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY. 2011;41(2):312–31.
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A. Dewaele, N. Cox, W. Vanden Berghe, and J. Vincke, “Families of choice? Exploring the supportive networks of lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals,” JOURNAL OF APPLIED SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, vol. 41, no. 2, pp. 312–331, 2011.
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  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?".},
  author       = {Dewaele, Alexis and Cox, Nele and Vanden Berghe, Wim and Vincke, Johny},
  issn         = {0021-9029},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF APPLIED SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY},
  keywords     = {YOUNG-ADULTS,SOCIAL SUPPORT,IDENTITY FORMATION,WOMEN,LIFE},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {312--331},
  title        = {Families of choice? Exploring the supportive networks of lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1559-1816.2010.00715.x},
  volume       = {41},
  year         = {2011},
}

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