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dc.contributor.authorLavender-Stott, Erin Suzanneen_US
dc.date.accessioned2018-05-01T08:01:07Z
dc.date.available2018-05-01T08:01:07Z
dc.date.issued2018-04-30
dc.identifier.othervt_gsexam:15391en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/82960
dc.description.abstractMost individuals spend more than half their lives as single due to divorce, widowhood, and remaining single (Simpson, 2016). Singlehood, in general, has meant not being in a heterosexual relationship. Historically, lesbian women have been considered single because their relationships were not legally recognized. Single women and lesbian women have had more choices to live outside heterosexual marriage, financially and with social acceptability, in the later portion of the 20th century and in the early 21st century than previously. Single sexual minority women of the baby boom came of age during this time and are beginning to plan for and enter into old age. This study used qualitative methods to study how single sexual minority women of the baby boom cohort defined family and planned for their later years. Women from the baby boom cohort who are currently single and identify as a sexual minority were connected to their family of origin and extended families in their youth, focused on romantic relationships during adulthood, and currently identify their family as biological and chosen family. The women had formal and informal plans for their future as they continue to age. Limitations, future directions, and implications are also discussed.en_US
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dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.subjectbaby boomen_US
dc.subjectconstructivist grounded theoryen_US
dc.subjectfeminist theoryen_US
dc.subjectlesbian womenen_US
dc.subjectbisexual womenen_US
dc.subjectolder adultsen_US
dc.subjectlife course theoryen_US
dc.subjectsinglehooden_US
dc.titleFamily Experiences of Single Sexual Minority Women from the Baby Boomen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.departmentAdult Learning and Human Resource Developmenten_US
dc.description.degreePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.namePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHuman Developmenten_US
dc.contributor.committeechairAllen, Katherine R.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBlieszner, Rosemaryen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberFew-Demo, April L.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberGrafsky, Erika L.en_US


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