Parental autonomy support and discrepancies between implicit and explicit sexual identities: dynamics of self-acceptance and defense.

  title={Parental autonomy support and discrepancies between implicit and explicit sexual identities: dynamics of self-acceptance and defense.},
  author={Netta Weinstein and William S. Ryan and Cody R. DeHaan and Andrew K. Przybylski and Nicole Legate and Richard M. Ryan},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  volume={102 4},
When individuals grow up with autonomy-thwarting parents, they may be prevented from exploring internally endorsed values and identities and as a result shut out aspects of the self perceived to be unacceptable. Given the stigmatization of homosexuality, individuals perceiving low autonomy support from parents may be especially motivated to conceal same-sex sexual attraction, leading to defensive processes such as reaction formation. Four studies tested a model wherein perceived parental… 

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