- ItemSocial Support and LGBTQ+ Individuals and Communities(Oxford University Press, 2021) Humble, ÁineSocial support is an important resource that can help reduce stressful situations or buffer the impact of stressful situations for LGBTQ+ individuals. Many different definitions of social support exist, but researchers often focus on emotional, informational, or practical support provided to a person. Social support is communicated by people close to a person as well through institutional practices and policies and in communities. General trends around the world show increasing support for sexual-minority individuals—and to a lesser extent gender-minority individuals—but there are many countries still hostile to LGBTQ+ individuals. A number of individual-level and country-level variables are related to positive attitudes toward LGBTQ+ individuals. Social support is operationalized in many ways in quantitative research on LGBTQ+ individuals, usually used as a predictor of health outcomes. Some quantitative measures look at general social support, whereas others study social support within particular settings, or very specific ways in which support is communicated. Measures of social support specific to LGBTQ+ populations have been developed, such as The Gay and Lesbian Acceptance and Support Index. Research also looks at support at the community level—the broader community (often referred to as community climate) as well as LGBTQ+ community. Qualitative research is valuable for exploring what social support means to various groups and for understanding how different social identities interact with each other. Many factors influence expectations and experiences of social support; thus, research should be contextualized. Rather than studying LGBTQ+ as a group, subgroups can be studied, along with intersectional research. When this is carried out, unique findings can appear. For example, lesbians in adulthood can include ex-partners and ex-lovers in their social support networks, and Black lesbian parents describe complex ways in which they interact with their families and religious communities. Different life course changes such as same-sex marriage and LGBTQ+ parenting provide opportunities to explore if and how social support is communicated to LGBTQ+ individuals. Who support is received from is also a key area of interest—families of origin, chosen families, friends, work colleagues, LGBTQ+ communities and broader communities, and so on. Later-life circumstances of LGBTQ+ individuals also need focus, as these individuals often have smaller social support networks due to lifetime discrimination and cumulative life course experiences. Political situations involving elevated anti-gay rhetoric are also relevant contexts in which to study how social support can ameliorate minority stress. Research is starting to look at social support in formal organizations, many of which have developed guidelines for developing inclusive environments for sexual- and gender-minority groups.
- ItemIndividual and family coping in later life(Sage, 2010) Price, Christine A.; Humble, Áine M.Book description: Integrating research, theory, and application from a variety of disciplines, the Fourth Edition of this bestselling text offers students a deep understanding of family transitions. Each chapter presents the latest scholarship from leaders in the field on modern family changes and stressors from leading experts, as well as resources for intervention and mechanisms for learning.
- ItemCanada's patchwork policy: Family policy in the Canadian context(Springer, 2014) Rose, Hilary A.; Humble, Áine M.Book description: Family policy holds a particular status in the quest for a more equitable world as it intersects the rights of women, children, and workers. But despite local and global efforts and initiatives, the state of family policy in different areas of the world varies widely. Through a cross-section of countries on six continents, Family Policies Across the Globe offers the current state of the laws concerning family life, structure, and services, providing historical, cultural, and socioeconomic context. Lucidly written chapters analyze key aspects of family definition, marriage, child well-being, work/family balance, and family assistance, reviewing underlying social issues and controversies as they exist in each country. Details of challenges to implementation and methods of evaluating policy outcomes bring practical realities into sharp focus, and each chapter concludes with recommendations for improvement at the research, service, and governmental levels. The result is an important comparative look at how governments support families, and how societies perceive themselves as they evolve. Among the issues covered: Sierra Leone: toward sustainable family policies. Russia: folkways versus state-ways. Japan: policy responses to a declining population. Australia: reform, revolutions, and lingering effects. Canada: a patchwork policy. Colombia: a focus on policies for vulnerable families.
- ItemStress and coping in later life(Sage, 2016) Humble, Áine M.; Price, Christine A.Book description: Learn how contemporary families respond to and handle common stressful life circumstances. Integrating research, theory, and applications, Families & Change: Coping With Stressful Events and Transitions, Fifth Edition offers students an in-depth understanding of family change. Each chapter of this bestselling text presents the latest scholarship from leaders in the field on family change and stressors as well as resources for intervention. Timely topics such as resiliency, LGBT families, and military families are addressed.
- ItemIntroduction: Real stories of how this volume happened(Routledge, 2019) Radina, Elise; Humble, Áine M.In this chapter, the editors provides the rationale and focus of this edited volume on qualitative data analysis, discussing the goals, audience for this book, and contributions that this book makes. The book’s structure is introduced, which consists of (a) a main section called “Stories,” (b) a secondary section called “Dialogues,” and (c) a Companion website that provides numerous visual representations of qualitative data analysis to support chapters from the Stories section. Background detail on the process of creating the chapters for the Dialogues section is provided. The chapter concludes with “behind-the-scenes” details about the process and working with authors. In doing so, the editors attempt to mirror the openness of the authors in sharing the complexity of weaving together a piece of scholarly work.