A Content Analysis of the First Decade of the Journal of GLBT Family Studies

Jacqueline Bible, Autumn Bermea, Brad van Eeden-Moorefield, Kristen E. Benson, April L. Few-Demo

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The emergence of several specialized journals that examine the experiences of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) individuals, families, and communities, particularly the Journal of GLBT Family Studies, has profoundly shaped GLBT research. Engaging in taking stock activities helps to identify trends on which future research should focus to further develop the field. For example, scholars suggest critical analysis of journal publications is necessary for field development, which was done here. Specifically, this content analysis examines the first decade of publications appearing in the Journal of GLBT Family Studies from 2005 to 2015 (N = 233) to identify trends in theoretical foundations, methodological plurality, and inclusivity. Results revealed foci on experiences of GLBT adults. Studies focused less on issues unique to GLBT populations (i.e., stigma). Qualitative designs and primarily White, middle-class samples were most frequently used. Strengths and future opportunities are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-355
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of GLBT Family Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - 8 Aug 2018


  • Content analysis
  • GLBT
  • GLBT families
  • families
  • methods
  • queer
  • theory


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