Perceptions of communication with gay and lesbian family members: Predictors of relational satisfaction and implications for outgroup attitudes

Jordan Soliz, Elizabeth Ribarsky, Meredith Marko Harrigan, Stacy Tye-Williams

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This study investigates perceptions of family communication among members with different sexual identities. Specifically, from the perspective of heterosexual family members (N = 129), the study takes an intergroup perspective to determine how accommodative and non-accommodative communication and attitudes toward homosexuality predict intergroup anxiety and relational satisfaction with gay or lesbian family members. Further, the manner in which family communication influences attitudes toward homosexuality is examined. Results are discussed in terms of implications for research on heterosexual-homosexual interaction, family communication, and intergroup communication, in general.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-95
Number of pages19
JournalCommunication Quarterly
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2010



  • Communication accommodation
  • Intergroup communication
  • Outgroup attitudes
  • Relational satisfaction
  • Sexual identity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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