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Dissertation

The Seeking Fatherhood Study: The phenomenological experience of gay male couples seeking parenthood

15 April 2011

Abstract

In the last decade, a body of research focused on lesbian and gay parenting has been developed, yet the experiences of gay male couples who are pursuing parenthood is not strongly reflected in the literature. Twelve gay male couples in the midst of their journey to parenthood were interviewed. A phenomenological inquiry method was used to describe their experience, and to identify needs relevant to clinical psychology, including training, cultural competence and appropriate interventions. This study resulted in a narrative of their experiences. Recommendations for providing competent mental healthcare and resources for this unique population are offered.


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