How parents react and deal with this news has a huge impact on their children's lives and on the future of the parent-child relationship. Unfortunately, some 26 percent of those who come out to their parents are tossed from the nest and forced to fend for themselves. Anne Dohrenwend, PhD,
ABPP, in COMING AROUND: Parenting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Kids(New Horizon Press, October 2012), provides an essential and insightful map for parents to use to navigate and cope with this stunning revelation by demonstrating and teaching families the important steps to take to move from rejection to acceptance and compassionate support.
Dohrenwend addresses parents' fears regarding bigotry and social prejudice, including religious,as well as what not to say and what to say to your child. COMING AROUND teaches how to understand homophobia, the legal issues which need to be faced and, most important, how to communicate that, whatever your child's sexual orientation, you will never withdraw your love.
Coming out is a vulnerable time. A child's announcement requires the re-exploration of a parent's personal feelings on homosexuality. Respecting your teen or adult child's decisions isn't always easy, particularly if you fear his or her decisions will cost friends, ambitions, acceptance and respect. Together, parents and children can build new friendships, gain support and reach out to helpful groups and counselors. Jointly they can set a dynamic example of tolerance and respect toward creating a satisfying, success filled life and sharing parental love now and in the future.
COMING AROUND is a rich resource packed with insights, information and practical guidance for parents of gay and bisexual children as well as an indispensable reference for therapists, clergy, educators and psychological self-help collections.
About the book:
COMING AROUND: Parenting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Kids by Anne
Publisher: New Horizon Press
Date of publish: October 2012
About the author:
Anne Dohrenwend is assistant program director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at McLaren Regional Medical Center in Flint, Michigan, and an associate professor at Michigan State University. She has focused much of her career on working with parents and young people coping with LGBT issues. She has a PhD in counseling psychology from the University of North Dakota and is board certified in Clinical Health Psychology. Anne and her partner live in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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