Children With LGBQ Parents, Stigmatization

Children with LGBQ parents may encounter stigmatization related to their parents’ sexual orientation. Such experiences have implications for their psychological adjustment. This entry describes stigmatization that children with LGBQ parents experience as a result of their parents’ sexual orientation. It defines stigmatization, explains who is stigmatized, and when and where stigmatization is more likely to occur. The entry discusses children’s responses to stigmatization, and concludes with ways to limit stigmatization and its negative effects.

What Is Stigmatization?

Stigmatization is the experience of being teased, harassed, bullied, excluded, disapproved of, devalued, ostracized, or discriminated against. The degree of stigmatization can vary: Teasing, for instance, occurs when someone makes fun of or attempts to provoke another person, while bullying refers to a pattern of behavior that has a negative ...

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