The Close Relationships of Sexual Minorities

Partners, Friends, and Family

Authored by: Lisa M. Diamond , Molly Butterworth

Handbook of Research on Adult Learning and Development

Print publication date:  November  2008
Online publication date:  November  2008

Print ISBN: 9780805858198
eBook ISBN: 9780203887882
Adobe ISBN: 9781135597405


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One of the most notable developments in psychological research on adult relationships over the past 20 years has been the explosion of inquiry into the romantic, peer, and family ties of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (collectively denoted sexual-minority) individuals. After decades of invisibility, the unique interpersonal challenges facing this population have finally received systematic attention. This has vastly improved not only our basic understanding of the sexual-minority life course, but has contributed to research on adult development more generally, by highlighting how issues of diversity and social context bear on normative life experiences and trajectories.

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