Expressive Writing Intervention With Cuban-American and Puerto Rican Parents of LGBTQ Individuals

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Acceptance by parental figures is one of the most important protective factors for the mental health of LGBTQ individuals. To date, little is known about the experiences of Latinx parental figures of LGBTQ children. Thirty Latinx parental figures (19 Cuban-Americans; 11 Puerto Ricans) completed an expressive writing intervention focusing on cultural strengths and challenges that influenced their journey toward accepting their LGBTQ child. Thematic analysis revealed Latinx-specific cultural strengths and challenges, such as familismo, caballerismo, machismo, and marianismo that influenced the process toward acceptance of their child. Parental figures reported feelings of happiness, pride, peace, satisfaction and relief, as well as mixed feelings and emotions following the writing intervention. Strength-based approaches to working with Latinx parental figures of LGBTQ individuals are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-134
Number of pages29
JournalCounseling Psychologist
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We are grateful to Dr. Melanie Domenech Rodriguez for her feedback on an earlier version of this paper. Also, special thanks to Sharrah Lane and Jacob S. Neely for translating all of the data. In addition, we would like to thank the participants of this study for sharing their stories; we will forever be thankful for allowing us to better understand your challenges and commitment toward accepting your LGBTQ child. The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This research project was supported in part by the Arvle and Ellen Turner Thacker Research Fund, a dissertation grant awarded by the University of Kentucky, College of Education.

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  • LGBTQ acceptance
  • Latinx
  • expressive writing intervention
  • parent-child relationship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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