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Adoption by Lesbians and Gay MenA New Dimension in Family Diversity$
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David M. Brodzinsky and Adam Pertman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195322606

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195322606.001.0001

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Planned Lesbian Families

Planned Lesbian Families

A Review of the U.S. National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study

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Adoption by Lesbians and Gay Men

Nanette Gartrell

Heidi Peyser

Henny Bos

Oxford University Press

The U.S. National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study (NLLFS) was initiated in 1986 to provide prospective, descriptive, longitudinal data on the first wave of planned lesbian families with children conceived through donor insemination (DI). It is the largest and longest-running study of its kind in the United States. The study was designed to follow a cohort of lesbian mothers with age-matched children from the conception of their child until that child reached adulthood. The aim of the NLLFS is to report on the growth, development, and mental health of the children; to describe the parenting experiences in lesbian-led families; to describe the lesbian mothers' lives, relationships, and careers; and to document the effects of homophobia on the mothers and the children. This chapter presents an overview of the data collected on the NLLFS families from conception of the index children until they reached the age of seventeen. The NLLFS is an ongoing study for which data continue to be collected and analyzed.

Keywords:   lesbian parents, lesbian mothers, lesbian families, donor insemination, parenting, homophobia, mental health, adoptive families

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