Coming out of the closet: An interpretative phenomenological study on LGB individuals from Türkiye

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2024-2
Özkan, Hande
This study aimed to gain an in-depth understanding of the coming out process and experiences of LGB individuals in Türkiye. Through purposive sampling, the study was conducted with 18 LGB individuals who were born and raised in Türkiye, older than 18 years old, and came out to at least one of the parents regarding sexual orientation. Semi-structured and online interviews were conducted with each of the participants. Interviews were analyzed using interpretative phenomenological analysis, and four personal experiential themes emerged based on the results of the analysis. These were “The beginning of sexual orientation identity formation,” “The process of acceptance of sexual orientation,” “Coming out journey,” and “Mental health professionals.” Findings, implications for mental health practices, and limitations of the present study were discussed depending on the existing literature.
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H. Özkan, “Coming out of the closet: An interpretative phenomenological study on LGB individuals from Türkiye,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2024.