Original Research - Special Collection: Faith practices

Adolessente se ervaring binne ’n lesbiese ouerhuis: ’n Pastorale-Gestaltteoretiese hulpverlening

Belinda van der Vlies, Herman B. Grobler, Rudy A. Denton
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 71, No 3 | a2735 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v71i3.2735 | © 2015 Belinda van der Vlies, Herman B. Grobler, Rudy A. Denton | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 20 May 2014 | Published: 22 April 2015

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Belinda van der Vlies, Faculty of Theology, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa
Herman B. Grobler, Africa Unit for Transdisciplinary Health Research, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa
Rudy A. Denton, Unit for Reformed Theology, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa


The article describes the development of adolescents for a sense of self in a lesbian home, in order to compile guidelines for lesbian parents as well as pastoral counsellors to help and guide adolescents to develop a healthy sense of self. From the research results, it appears that there are certain positive and negative aspects of a lesbian home that influence adolescents’ sense of self. Where both parents are involved with the adolescents, share household duties equally and have a quality relationship with each other and the adolescents, the adolescents are generally well-adapted, happy and able to handle challenges in order to develop a healthy sense of self. The positive influence that Christian religious certainty has on the overall development of the adolescents was also confirmed by this study. On the other hand, adolescents experience particular aspects as challenging and impeding in their development of a healthy sense of self: Conflict and criticism from the companion parents are humiliating and destructive. Stigmatising, teasing and rejection from the hetero-normative society, as a result of their parents’ sexual orientation, appear to be the largest obstacles in their psychosocial development. They react in a shy, negative and evasive way to the stigmatisation and withdraw themselves from situations that could be painful and humiliating. It also appears that the absence of a father figure and financial tension in lesbian families are impeding the adolescents’ healthy development of a sense of self.


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