Family Experiences of Single Sexual Minority Women from the Baby Boom

dc.contributor.authorLavender-Stott, Erin Suzanneen
dc.contributor.committeechairAllen, Katherine R.en
dc.contributor.committeememberBlieszner, Rosemaryen
dc.contributor.committeememberFew-Demo, April L.en
dc.contributor.committeememberGrafsky, Erika L.en
dc.contributor.departmentAdult Learning and Human Resource Developmenten
dc.date.accessioned2018-05-01T08:01:07Zen
dc.date.available2018-05-01T08:01:07Zen
dc.date.issued2018-04-30en
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
dc.description.degreePh. D.en
dc.format.mediumETDen
dc.identifier.othervt_gsexam:15391en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/82960en
dc.publisherVirginia Techen
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/en
dc.subjectbaby boomen
dc.subjectconstructivist grounded theoryen
dc.subjectfeminist theoryen
dc.subjectlesbian womenen
dc.subjectbisexual womenen
dc.subjectolder adultsen
dc.subjectlife course theoryen
dc.subjectsinglehooden
dc.titleFamily Experiences of Single Sexual Minority Women from the Baby Boomen
dc.typeDissertationen
thesis.degree.disciplineHuman Developmenten
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen
thesis.degree.namePh. D.en
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