Coming out experiences in young gay men: an exploration through thematic analysis
Abstract: Coming out (CO) is widely regarded as the ongoing process by which sexual minorities reveal their identities to others. Individuals may choose to disclose or conceal their identity in different contexts. The literature acknowledges that timing differences of CO exist cross-generationally but lacks research of contemporary methods and influences on these disclosure decisions. For the pres... read moreent study, 9 gay men discussed their CO experiences in a semi-structured interview. By analyzing data inductively and deductively through thematic analysis, I found data that support the literature's stance that gay men disclose or conceal their identity based on interacting external factors and internal processes. I expand the existing framework of an ongoing process by defining the difference between CO and being out (BO), and explicit and non-explicit disclosures. My findings on social media use support existing literature. Finally, I discuss limitations and implications for future research.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2018.
Submitted to the Dept. of Child Development.
Advisor: Sara Johnson.
Committee: Ellen Pinderhughes, and Elizabeth Morgan.
Keywords: Developmental psychology, Clinical psychology, and LGBTQ studies.read less