Relationship-focused therapy for sexual and gender minority individuals and their parents.

Gary Diamond, Rotem Boruchovitz, Inbal Gat, Ofir Nir-Gottlieb

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Finding out that one's child is gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or in some way not heteronormative and/or cisgender is often a life-altering event. Even among parents who are generally accepting of sexual and gender minority individuals, the realization that their own children are same-sex oriented and/or transgender can elicit a plethora of negative emotions, including shock, shame, anger, grief, and fear. Indeed, more than half of parents initially react to their children's disclosure of a same-sex orientation or transgender identity with some degree of negativity. This chapter describes relationship-focused therapy for sexual and gender minority individuals and their parents (RFT-SGM). RFT-SGM is a time-limited (26-session), manualized, focused treatment designed for families in which the sexual or gender minority individual and/or their parents believe that tension, conflict or distance related to the adult child's sexual or gender identity has negatively impacted upon their relationship and the well-being of family members. It describes the structure and intervention strategies of RFT-SGM and summarizes the preliminary research findings supporting the model. It presents a clinical vignette illustrating the treatment, and notes some of the constraints and limitations of the model. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2021 APA, all rights reserved)
Original languageEnglish GB
Title of host publicationHandbook of evidence-based mental health practice with sexual and gender minorities.
EditorsJohn E. Pachankis, Steven A. Safren
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9780190669300
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Family Therapy
  • Parents
  • Relationship Therapy
  • Sexual Minority Groups
  • Gender Identity
  • Well Being
  • Transgender
  • Negative Emotions


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