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Clark U. Professor Guides Parents of Gay/Lesbian Children in New Book

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

 

Clark University professor Deborah Merrill looks at how same-sex marriage changes relationships between parents and their gay or lesbian adult children in her new book titled "When Your Gay or Lesbian Child Marries: A Guide for Parents." 

The book is the first one to look at implications for parent and adult child relationships, which are a central part of family life and affect care giving in later life. 

"Parents who are able to accept their child's sexual orientation and incorporate their spouse into the family will find that they gain a second daughter or son and bypass much of the tension involved in a child's heterosexual marriage,” said Merrill.

The book is a guide for parents to help them understand the ways in which relationships with their gay/lesbian children might change from a child's "coming out of the closet" to a gay son or lesbian daughter raising his/her own children. 

The book aims to help parents better comprehend the nuances of same-sex marriage and the struggles their children face as they explore their sexual orientation over time. 

The book is based on interviews with gay men and lesbians who were married at some point when their parents were alive, as well as with the parents of both gay/lesbian married child and heterosexual child, for purposes of comparison. 

Merrill advises parents to separate their feelings about their child from their feelings about homosexuality, and to remember how much they love their child. 

Deborah Merrill 

Merrill is a professor of sociology at Clark University. Her research focuses on relationships between parents and adult children in later life as well as marriage. 

Merrill is the author of four books, including “When Your Children Marry: How Marriage Changes Relationships with Adult Children” (2011) and “Mothers-in-Law and Daughters-in-Law: Understanding the Relationship and What Makes Them Friends or Foe” (2007).

Clark University 

Clark University was founded in 1887 in Worcester, Massachusetts and is a liberal arts based research university  

 

Related Slideshow: New England Colleges With the Best Undergraduate Teaching

U.S. News & World Report released a survey conducted in 2013 of college administrators on the best schools for undergraduate teaching. Several New England made their lists for best National Universities, Liberal Arts Colleges, and Regional Universities. See which schools made the lists in the slides below: 

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National Universities

9. Brown University

Providence, RI 
 
Students: 6,435
2013-14 Tuition: $45,612
Admissions: 9.6% Acceptance Rate
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National Universities

5. Yale University 

New Haven, CT
 
Students: 5,405
2013-14 Tuition: $44,000
Admissions: 7.0% Acceptance Rate
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National Universities

1. Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH
 
Students: 4,193
2013-14 Tuition: $46,752
Admissions: 9.8% Acceptance Rate
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National Liberal Arts Col

18. Mount Holyoke College

 
South Hadley, MA 
 
Students: 2,322
2013-14 Tuition: $41,456
Admissions: 42.1% Acceptance Rate
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Liberal Arts Colleges

9. Amherst College

Amherst, MA
 
Students: 1,817 
2013-14 Tuition: $46,574
Admissions: 13.0% Acceptance Rate
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Liberal Arts Colleges

5. Williams College

Williamstown, MA
 
Students: 2,052
2013-14 Tuition: $46,600
Admissions: 17.0% Acceptance Rate
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Regional Univ. - North

4. Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT
 
Students: 3,879
2013-14 Tuition: $42,920
Admissions: 71.2% Acceptance Rate
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Regional Univ. - North

2. Providence College

Providence, RI
 
Students: 3,810
2013-14 Tuition: $42,206
Admissions: 61.0%
 
 

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