The Gay Baby Boom: The Psychology of Gay Parenthoodby Suzanne M. Johnson, Elizabeth O'Connor
Pub. Date: 03/01/2002
Publisher: New York University Press
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… See more details below
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.
"Serves to advance the understanding of lgbt families in the U.S. today, and helps provide guideposts for members of same-sex households as they pioneer new family formations."
- Terry Boggis, Director, Center Kids, The family program of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center, New York
"An effortless how-to book that would be recommended hand-me-down reading for prospective same-sex parents from those who've fingered the pages within."
- Metapsychology Online Book Review
- New York University Press
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Table of Contents
|1||Ask the Experts: What Makes a Good Parent?||11|
|2||The (Nonbiological) Ties That Bind||22|
|3||Are the Children Normal?||36|
|4||Family Life in Gay and Lesbian Families||54|
|5||The Challenges of Studying Gay and Lesbian Parents||68|
|6||The National Study of Gay and Lesbian Parents||78|
|7||Creating a Family||88|
|8||Gay and Lesbian Parents' Beliefs about Parenting||125|
|9||Life within Gay and Lesbian Families||149|
|About the Authors||193|
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