Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 29, Issue 1–2, pp 57–69 | Cite as

Narrative Therapy Pathways for Re-authoring with Parents of Adolescents Coming-out as Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual

  • Susan SaltzburgEmail author
Original Paper


Narrative therapy with parents as they are coming to terms with their adolescent sons’ and daughters’ coming-out as lesbian or gay provides a framework for reauthoring stories and revisioning identities as they negotiate the challenge of becoming lesbian/gay-membered families. Recognized for complementing the elements of multicultural practice, narrative therapy offers therapeutic interventions that are culturally sensitive and acknowledge the role of power and privilege in socially imaging what it means to be lesbian or gay. In this article the familiar storylines that these families bring into therapy are illustrated, and family work with parents of lesbian, gay, and bisexual adolescents is conceptualized using a narrative therapy lens.


Lesbian and gay adolescents Coming-out to parents Narrative therapy Family therapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Social WorkOhio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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