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Thesis - University Access Only
Master of Science (MS)
Department / School
Journalism and Mass Communications
Counterfactual narratives are “what if” scenarios invented by people to explore how past experiences could have been different and how future events might unfold. This thesis seeks to uncover the counterfactual narratives which exist for lesbians during their coming out processes with parents. Specifically, ten women who have disclosed a lesbian sexual orientation to their parents were interviewed about how they had predicted their parents would react. While some participants predicted their parents would react positively, a majority of participants had imagined their parents would react negatively upon discovering their sexual orientation. Six different types of upward and downward prefactual narratives were described. Five factors are described by participants to be possible influences upon the creation of counterfactual narratives. Future research possibilities are also explored.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Coming out (Sexual orientation)
Sexual orientation--Public opinion
Includes bibliographical references (pages 96-107)
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
In Copyright - Educational Use Permitted
Metzger, Jade, "What if They Hate Me? An Examination of Counterfactual Narratives in Lesbian Coming Out Stories" (2013). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1607.