publication . Article . 2010

Parenting and Child Development in Adoptive Families: Does Parental Sexual Orientation Matter?

Rachel H. Farr; Stephen L. Forssell; Charlotte J. Patterson;
Open Access English
  • Published: 16 Jul 2010
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
  • Country: United States
Abstract
This study investigated child development and parenting in 106 families headed by 27 lesbian, 29 gay, and 50 heterosexual couples (80% White, M ¼ 42 years) with young adopted children (41% White, M ¼ 3 years). Parents and teachers reported that, on average, children were developing in typical ways. Measures of children’s adjustment, parenting approaches, parenting stress, and couple relationship adjustment were not significantly associated with parental sexual orientation. However, several family process variables—parenting stress, parenting approaches, and couple relationship adjustment—were found to be significantly associated with children’s adjustment, regar...
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Medical Subject Headings: reproductive and urinary physiologybehavior and behavior mechanisms
free text keywords: Arts and Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Adoptive Families, LGBT Family, Child Development, LGBT Parenting, Male Homosexuality, Childhood development, Lesbian, Psychology, Parenting stress, Developmental psychology, Gay parent, Child development, Sexual orientation, Heterosexuality
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