“We are Two of the Lucky Ones”: Experiences with Marriage and Wellbeing for Same-Sex Couples
boundary ambiguity, gay and lesbian, marriage, mixed methods, Same-sex couples, social support, wellbeing
Journal of Homosexuality
Happy marriages provide protective health benefits, and social support is a key factor in this association. However, previous research indicates one of the greatest differences between same- and different-sex couples is less social support for same-sex couples. Our goal was to examine the extent to which formal markers of couple status (e.g., marriage) impact wellbeing among same-sex married partners. Using a mixed-methods approach, data were collected from 218 primarily White gay and lesbian individuals in the Midwest. Quantitative analysis revealed individuals in a prior formal union with a different-sex partner reported the lowest levels of sexuality specific social support and acceptance. Qualitative analysis revealed four primary impacts of marriage on support from family, friends, and co-workers: no change, increased support, decreased support, and a synthesis of mixed support. Three mechanisms prompting change in the family were identified and are presented.
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Kennedy, Heather R.; Dalla, Rochelle L.; and Dreesman, Steven, "“We are Two of the Lucky Ones”: Experiences with Marriage and Wellbeing for Same-Sex Couples" (2018). Faculty Publications. 685.