Show Summary Details
Page of

(p. 245) Tying Tight or Splitting Up: An Adult’s Perspective of His Parents’ Same-Sex Relationship Dissolution 

(p. 245) Tying Tight or Splitting Up: An Adult’s Perspective of His Parents’ Same-Sex Relationship Dissolution
Chapter:
(p. 245) Tying Tight or Splitting Up: An Adult’s Perspective of His Parents’ Same-Sex Relationship Dissolution
Author(s):

Aaron Dickinson Sachs

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190635176.003.0014
Page of

date: 21 November 2019

In this reflexive autoethnography, the author uses performative writing and evocative personal narrative to recount the dissolution of his parents’ relationship and explore the implications of such dissolutions for children of same-sex relationships. The lack of legal and social support structures available to LGBTQ families in the 1980s, and the prevalence of anti-LGBTQ rhetoric focused on the effects of LGBTQ parents on children, both increased the already traumatic impact of family dissolution on the author. As a child, like members of many groups under “political threat,” the author feared that discussing the difficulty of his parents’ separation would validate anti-LGBTQ rhetoric. For the author, labeling the dissolution of his parents’ relationship as “divorce,” and finding friendship with other young people from divorced families, was insufficient; only peer support from other people with LGBTQ parents helped the author to find a safe space to share the trauma of parental relationship dissolution.

Access to the complete content on Oxford Clinical Psychology requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.