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Children with lesbian parents: a community study

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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.

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http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/42925/

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