We are proud to present to you Teija Yli-renko, this year’s winner of the Grant Halle Lambda Award, at Laurentian University – Université Laurentienne! Many congratulations!
Teija is currently completing her thesis on parenting stress and minority stress in terms of lesbian parenthood, to finish the requirements of her BA in Psychology from Laurentian.
More specifically, she is analyzing the impacts of minority stressors (perceived stigmatization, prejudice, discrimination, social support, and level of disclosure of sexual identity) on overall parental stress. The aim of this research is to develop a clearer model of parental stress other than that based on a heterosexual framework, and to see how minority stress can impact parental functioning. The results of this project may assist in the development of strategies to better support and meet the needs of lesbian and other same-sex parents.
Keep up the great work, Teija! It sounds fascinating!