SSW's Greif, Leitch and Woolley Have New Research that Looks at Relationships Between Married Ga

Professor Geoff Greif, UMSSW PhD Graduate Judith Leitch, and Associate Professor Michael Woolley have co-authored "A preliminary look at relationships between married gays and lesbians and their parents-in-law: Five case studies." that has been published by the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services.

ABSTRACT:

With marriage between lesbians and between gays now legal in the United States, it is important to gain an understanding of how in-law relationships function for this population. Five case studies, part of a larger study of in-law relationships, are presented that help further knowledge of the potential obstacles that some couples may face in relation to their in-laws. Common experiences include relationships improving over time; struggling with acceptance; feeling closer to parents-in-law because other adult children or adult children-in-law have fallen out of favor; recognizing the significant role that the child-in-law’s spouse plays in the relationship between the child-in-law and the parent-in-law; understanding the role that the larger community plays; considering both parents-in-law as separate voices in the in-law dyad; and experiencing feelings of ambivalence that arise between family members. Practice implications for clinicians are included as are implications for future research.

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