The Gay Baby Boom: The Psychology of Gay Parenthood

The Gay Baby Boom: The Psychology of Gay Parenthood

by Suzanne M. Johnson, Elizabeth O'Connor
     
 

The gay and lesbian community is experiencing a baby boom. Advances in gay rights coupled with increased availability of alternative reproduction techniques have led to an unprecedented number of openly gay and lesbian parents. Estimates are that between 6 and 14 million children in the United States are being raised by at least one parent who is gay. Yet, very

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Overview

The gay and lesbian community is experiencing a baby boom. Advances in gay rights coupled with increased availability of alternative reproduction techniques have led to an unprecedented number of openly gay and lesbian parents. Estimates are that between 6 and 14 million children in the United States are being raised by at least one parent who is gay. Yet, very little is known about how gay or lesbian headed families function, or whether they differ in any relevant ways from families headed by straight parents.

Written by two developmental psychologists, The Gay Baby Boom reports the findings of The Gay and Lesbian Family Study, the largest national assessment of gay and lesbian headed families. By asking participants detailed questions about the way they parent, the authors are able to describe for the first time exactly what takes place within gay and lesbian headed families across the county. Traditional research has tended to assume that there is something uniquely different and potentially psychologically damaging about children being raised by gays. The authors draw on their data to show these fears unfounded.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814742600
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
03/01/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
193
Product dimensions:
0.63(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Ask the Experts: What Makes a Good Parent?11
2The (Nonbiological) Ties That Bind22
3Are the Children Normal?36
4Family Life in Gay and Lesbian Families54
5The Challenges of Studying Gay and Lesbian Parents68
6The National Study of Gay and Lesbian Parents78
7Creating a Family88
8Gay and Lesbian Parents' Beliefs about Parenting125
9Life within Gay and Lesbian Families149
10Conclusion169
References179
Index191
About the Authors193

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