Social Support, Coping Strategies and Conflict Management

  • Oluwafemi AdeagboEmail author
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Sociology book series (BRIEFSSOCY)


This chapter addresses important themes that are often overlooked in same-sex intimate relationships. The majority of the research participants enjoy support from family members and friends. Also, due to the prevalence of hate crimes in the country, many of the participants have multiple identities and exhibit the one that best fits into a social context at an appropriate point in time. This is one of their coping strategies because society is still coming to terms with same-sex relationships. Some of them also do not display their affections in public spaces or sometimes in the gay community. However, couples adopt effective communication and humour as conflict resolution mechanisms. Overall, this chapter discusses social support, coping strategies and conflict/conflict resolution mechanisms in interracial gay partnerships.


Social support Homophobia Coping strategies Conflict Resources 


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  1. 1.Department of Sociology, Faculty of HumanitiesUniversity of JohannesburgJohannesburgSouth Africa

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