A Content Analysis of LGBT Research in Top Family Journals 2000-2015

Brad van Eeden-Moorefield, April L. Few-Demo, Kristen Benson, Jacqueline Bible, Shannon Lummer

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The past decades have witnessed some of the most prolific changes in rights and experiences for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) individuals and their families. Research during this period also witnessed a significant increase in the study of these changes. The current content analysis systematically reviewed all LGBT-related articles published in top-ranked, general family science journals from 2000 to 2015 to gauge the state of this growing field. Specifically, basic descriptives, theoretical foundations, methodological plurality, and inclusivity were examined. Results revealed that less than 3% of articles published were LGBT-related, most were atheoretical and infrequently included variables unique to this population (e.g., outness, discrimination), used purposive cross-sectional samples, focused most on lesbian and/or gay couples, and included primarily White and middle-class individuals in samples. Areas of strengths and future opportunities are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1374-1395
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Family Issues
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2018


  • LGBT
  • content analysis
  • families
  • methods
  • theory


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