"The Bisexual Parent Advantage: How Bisexual Parents Overcome Stigma and Excel at Parenting"
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Scholars know little about how bisexual parents think about and experience their sexual identities, particularly as they interact with their children. My dissertation asks how bisexuals approach sexuality-related conversations with their children while navigating bisexual stigmatization. I use a mixed-method, two-step research approach to explore the complexities of bisexual parents' experiences. In the first stage of this research, I created a survey on Qualtrics and distributed it using paid Facebook advertising. This survey is one of the largest and most comprehensive existing surveys on bisexual and pansexual individuals, with more than 6500 completed responses. My preliminary survey findings about the various reasons bisexual parents choose to disclose or not disclose their bisexuality are explored in more detail in my Sexualities article, "Making Visible the Invisible: Bisexual Parents Ponder Coming Out to Their Children." In the second stage of this research, I conducted 101 lengthy semi-structured interviews with bisexual, gay, and lesbian parents from diverse backgrounds. My dissertation chapters cover topics related to bisexual parents' identity disclosure, advantages associated with bisexual parents, and the gendered differences of bisexual parent-child communication.
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For an excel sheet of the survey's raw data (personal info redacted), click here.
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