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Children's play narratives: what they tell us about lesbian-mother families

Perry, Beth, Burston, Amanda, Stevens, Madeleine ORCID: 0000-0003-3540-3494, Golding, Jean, Steele, Howard and Golombok, Susan (2004) Children's play narratives: what they tell us about lesbian-mother families. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 74 (4). pp. 467-479. ISSN 0002-9432

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Identification Number: 10.1037/0002-9432.74.4.467


Play narratives can offer a unique insight into the child’s internal world. This study compared the play narratives of children in 38 lesbian-mother families; 73 two-parent, heterosexual-mother families; and 58 single-heterosexual-mother families recruited from a general population sample. Findings indicated positive mother-child relationships and well-adjusted children. Girls’ narratives showed more affection than boys’ and were more strongly associated with mothers’ interview measures, suggesting that girls’ play narratives reveal a more accurate picture of family relationships.

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Additional Information: © 2004 The Educational Publishing Foundation
Divisions: Personal Social Services Research Unit
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2012 11:10
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2024 03:00

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