Coping and Healing for the Straight Spouse and Children of a Mixed-Orientation Marriage

This researcher sought to understand what happens to a straight spouse, the children, and the marriage when a mate reveals same-sex or bisexual attraction. For straight spouses and their children, the disclosure process is often traumatic and painful, and brings major change in all aspects of family life. Along with this change comes the potential for mental health consequences for all family members. The helping profession has been slow to understand and acknowledge this population. Additional education in issues related to gay, lesbian, bisexual and mixed-orientation families, along with well-grounded therapeutic choices will help therapists better serve and meet the needs of 21st Century families.

Barbara H. Nagell
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