Among children's adult contacts, those with relatives of their biological mothers were found to be more frequent than those with relatives of nonbiological mothers. Just let them do it at a pace that is comfortable for them. Design: Chart review of medical records of children evaluated for sexual abuse. Variables associated with family interactions and processes were, however, significantly related to indices of children's adjustment. Patterson, PhD Despite the tremendous diversity evident within lesbian and gay communities, research on differences among lesbian and gay families with children is sparse. Most gay couples do not have a second job, and can spend more time with their child.
Forty-seven lesbian couples aged 21-66 yrs. Findings are presented of a longitudinal study of the sexual orientation of adults who had been raised as children in lesbian families. Follow LiveScience for the latest in science news and discoveries on Twitter and on. As part of a longitudinal study of lesbian families in which the children were conceived by donor insemination, interviews were conducted with 156 mothers and co-mothers aged 26-51 yrs. The implications of these findings are discussed.
Developmental and contextual factors that influence gay fathers' parental competence: A review of the literature. Because of the small sample size and absence of significance tests, this finding should be regarded as suggestive rather than definitive. He clearly was not my father but I felt a stronger connection to him. I am now 15 years old, living with all my brothers and happier than most teenagers. People can claim that a sexual orientation is from birth, but I have seen people cross over who are young, and that means that the influence of the parent would be instrumental toward that lifestyle.
The number of caregivers is directly correlated with lower crime rates, fewer drug offenses, fewer disciplinary issues, higher literacy rates, higher graduation rates, higher salary, higher likelihood of earning a degree, etc. New York: Harrington Park Press. Children of lesbian and gay parents: Research, law, and policy. Lesbian and bisexual mothers and nonmothers: Demographics and the coming-out process. Questionnaire data on stress associated with parenting were obtained from co-mothers and fathers, and the children completed the Family Relations Test. Subjects are strongly lesbian-identified, have close relationships with friends and extended families, have established flexible work schedules for child rearing, are well educated about the potential difficulties of raising a child in a lesbian household, and have access to appropriate support groups.
The authors describe and define lesbian and gay families, illustrating their diversity and challenging the neglect of this population in family studies. It is concluded that rearing in a lesbian household per se does not lead to atypical psychosexual development or constitute a psychiatric risk factor. Fundamentally, and confining ourselves to Australia for a moment, there is still an issue of same-sex marriage partnership recognition rights playing out at the national level. Additionally, it proves to have both personal and economic benefits. Regardless of parental sexual orientation, children were described as being in more frequent contact with grandparents to whom they were biologically linked.
Lesbian and bisexual mothers and nonmothers: Demographics and the coming-out process. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Psychotherapy, 4, 91-107. Most families are dysfunctional in some way. The gay baby boom: The psychology of gay parenthood. Clear Benefit for the Children New parents in the place of gays or lesbians may provide children with obvious benefits such as financial and health support. The child's home environment for lesbian versus heterosexual mothers: A neglected area of research. Love, support, and a safe and stable home is all a child needs.
An objective examination of social science research into how families function reveals clearly that children do best when raised by both a mother and a father and fully supports this statement by the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger when he headed the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: the absence of complementarity in these unions same sex creates obstacles in the normal development of children who would be placed in the care of such persons. Sexual orientation in child and adolescent health care. The National Lesbian Family Study: 4. Shedding light on the quality of their family life, young adults share what it was like to grow up with a lesbian mother and her partner and discuss their level of awareness during childhood of growing up in a lesbian-headed home. Gay men may also experience fewer parenting conflicts, she added.
Heterosexual undergraduates' attitudes toward gay fathers and their children. I give thanks for that time. You have a Hillary Clinton book. Children were more likely to be in contact with their grandparents, as well as with other adult relatives, on the biological rather than the nonbiological side. We should treat homosexuals with compassion as we treat all human beings. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 30, 394-401. And they are not comparing the gay couples to similar straight couples.
Furthermore, lesbian social mothers feel more often than fathers in heterosexual families that they must justify the quality of their parenthood. Children get to grow in a home that is filled with love and affection since the gay parents know how they want their children to grow appreciating their life. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Both sets of parents reported relatively few serious problems and generally positive relationships with their children, with only a minority encouraging sex-typed toys, activities, and playmates. What matters is 1 is the child safe? Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 3, 67-78. I think my Mom and her girlfriend are doing just fine, thank you. Their marriage and family orientation reflected a traditional attitude toward family life and served to protect against societal rejection.
Some of us help others with kids instead of having kids ourselves. This holds true whenever the child does not feel embarrassment or ashamed and can feel confident asking questions that are easily researched and answered properly by the parent s. The article by Gartrell and Bos relies solely on self-reports of the lesbian mothers who were aware of the political agenda behind the study. Family functioning in lesbian families created by donor insemination. Aside from that, there are people saying that homosexual parenting may also bring different effects on the beliefs of children especially with the environment that they are growing. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 62, 1052- 1069.