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Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Identities over the
 LifespanPsychological Perspectives$
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Anthony R. DʼAugelli and Charlotte J. Patterson

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780195082319

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195082319.001.0001

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Lesbian Mothers, Gay Fathers, and Their Children

Lesbian Mothers, Gay Fathers, and Their Children

(p.262) 11 Lesbian Mothers, Gay Fathers, and Their Children
Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Identities over the Lifespan

Charlotte J. Patterson

Oxford University Press

Over time organized research on lesbian and gay families with offspring has been conducted to assess the judicial preconditions regarding any harmful consequences for the well-being and psychological health of both parents and children in lesbian and gay families. This chapter aims to tackle the existing issues and positions particularly related to this subject and context; summarize the studies on the behavior, interaction, sexual identity, and beliefs of children in a lesbian and gay family setting; and present the findings from extant research and propositions for future functions. Diversity exists among gay and lesbian families and research is now attempting to extend studies on this premise. This can be accounted to factors such as demographic diversity, race and ethnicity, family economic conditions, and the socio-cultural environment of lesbian and gay families.

Keywords:   lesbian and gay families, children, parents, demographic diversity, race, family economic conditions, socio-cultural environments

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