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Revista da Abordagem Gestáltica

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RODRIGUES, Mariana Alvarenga  e  CARMO, Marta. Setting up the meaning of family for homosexuals: a phenomenological study. Rev. abordagem gestalt. [online]. 2013, vol.19, n.1, pp. 12-20. ISSN 1809-6867.

The twentieth century was marked by changes in various fields, including sexuality and family formation. Due to these changes, it became important to investigate the meaning of family to male and female homosexuals. The research was aimed at understanding the configuration of the meaning of family for homosexuals. A study was conducted with four gay adults, two female and two males. To this end, we carried out a qualitative study, based on the phenomenological perspective and field theory of Kurt Lewin, theoretical foundation of Gestalt approach. We used phenomenological method of Giorgi (1985), and found the following thematic categories: sexual self-designation process, configuration of the field after the discovery of homosexuality, family setting current, and meaning of family. We analyzed that despite the changes in society the family continues to maintain the role of organizing.

Palavras-chave : Family; Homosexuality; Configuration; Field.

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