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Children with lesbian parents: a community study

Golombok, Susan, Perry, Beth, Burston, Amanda, Murray, Clare, Mooney-Somers, Julie, Stevens, Madeleine and Golding, Jean (2003) Children with lesbian parents: a community study. Developmental Psychology, 39 (1). pp. 20-33. ISSN 0012-1649

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Abstract

Existing research on children with lesbian parents is limited by reliance on volunteer or convenience samples. The present study examined the quality of parent– child relationships and the socioemotional and gender development of a community sample of 7-year-old children with lesbian parents. Families were recruited through the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, a geographic population study of 14,000 mothers and their children. Thirty-nine lesbian-mother families, 74 two-parent heterosexual families, and 60 families headed by single heterosexual mothers were compared on standardized interview and questionnaire measures administered to mothers, co-mothers/fathers, children, and teachers. Findings are in line with those of earlier investigations showing positive mother– child relationships and well-adjusted children.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/dev/index.aspx
Additional Information: © 2003 American Psychological Association
Library of Congress subject classification: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Sets: Research centres and groups > Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2012 11:19
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/42925/

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