For Lesbian Parents

Are children raised by lesbians more likely to grow up to be homosexual themselves? The evidence is clear. Children raised by lesbians are no more likely to grow up to be gay or lesbian than are children raised by heterosexual parents.

Author: Suzanne M. Johnson

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 9781462506231

Category: Psychology

Page: 248

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Raising a child is overwhelming, thrilling, exhausting, terrifying, and joyous--and all at the same time. In addition to the adjustments that any new parents must make, lesbian mothers face numerous special questions and concerns. From "coming out" to your child to coping with the pressures of trying to be a lesbian super-mom, this wise and reassuring book offers information and support for women forging a new path in what it means to be a family. The authors are uniquely qualified for the task as expert developmental psychologists who are also coparenting two young daughters. With clarity and wit, they offer helpful advice on what kids need to know, and at what age; how to help them respond to questions and teasing from peers; ways to foster sensitivity in relatives, teachers, and others; how to talk to teens about their own developing sexuality; how parenting affects couple relationships; and much more. Chapters are packed with the insights and experiences of lesbians who have come to be parents in a variety of ways. Also included are listings of useful web sites, publications, and other resources. Winner--Best Parenting Book, ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Awards
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Gay and Lesbian Parents

Describes the benefits and challenges to living within a family with gay or lesbian parents, including issues with adoption, societal views on gay parents, and homosexual biological parents.

Author: Julianna Fields

Publisher: Mason Crest

ISBN: 1422214958

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 64

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Describes the benefits and challenges to living within a family with gay or lesbian parents, including issues with adoption, societal views on gay parents, and homosexual biological parents.
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Gay and Lesbian Parents

This insightful new work deals with all of the contemporary issues concerning parenting by gay men and lesbians.

Author: Lsi

Publisher: Praeger Publishers

ISBN: UOM:39015047546026

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 247

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This insightful new work deals with all of the contemporary issues concerning parenting by gay men and lesbians. It is designed to broaden readers' thinking on homosexuality and homosexuals in general; to include the dimension of children and parenting within the context of the homosexual family; and to provide specific information about it. The book also includes data on the children of gay and lesbian parents, as well as a discussion of alternative forms of parenthood such as adoptive and foster parenthood, stepparent families, and gay men and lesbians in heterosexual family unions. Because of their special significance, there are separate chapters on legal issues, counseling needs, and social psychological concerns for gays and lesbians considering parenthood.
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Gay and Lesbian Parents

... the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, announced his unequivocal opposition to adoption rights for lesbian and gay couples. “I think that we've proven that both parents are important in the success of a family so, no, ...

Author: Julianna Fields

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781422298923

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 64

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Same-sex marriage is an often-debated topic these days. When children are added to the picture, the issue can become even more controversial. Does growing up in families with gay or lesbian parents harm children? Do they struggle with more issues as adults than those who were raised in more traditional families? These are some of the questions this book addresses. The families in this book have thought about issues like these. Except for those families who already had children when they came out as being homosexual, they have had to go through artificial insemination or adoption in order to have children. These families are intentional and they think a lot about how to give their children the best possible lives. What are the good things about growing up in a family with same-sex parents? What are the difficulties? The families in this book try to answer just those questions.
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Special Needs of Students with Gay and Lesbian Parents in the Elementary School

The creation of Center Kids in New York City is a wonderful illustration of how a formal organization grew from an innocent informal gathering of parents who wanted to meet other gay and lesbian parents. Today, Center Kids is much more ...

Author: Patricia Fioriello

Publisher: Universal-Publishers

ISBN: 9781599426792

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine the way and extend to which the elementary school is meeting special needs of students of gay and lesbian parents, in regard to school environment that provides support, protection, inclusive curriculum, principal and assistant principal involvement, and involvement of parents of these children in the life of the school. Methodology: The student consists of two types of research: a descriptive study and a qualitative case study. Questionnaires and semi structured interviews were conducted with elementary principals enrolled in the University of La Verne doctoral program and working in school districts throughout California. The survey instrument included five categories of the role of the elementary school with children of gay/lesbian parents: communication and disclosure; sensitivity to family/inclusion; curriculum; homosexual issues; and principal s perceptions. Findings and conclusions: The study found that little was being done in the elementary school districts to provide a supportive, protective, or positive learning environment for children with gay and lesbian parents. Elementary teachers were generally not assisted by principals and assistant principals in developing a more inclusive curriculum. Elementary principals were not addressing the question of gay and lesbian parents and their children in the school. Gay and lesbian parents had limited involvement in the elementary school. Recommendations: Use the findings to assist elementary schools and elementary principals and assistant principals in providing a more inclusive school environment for the children of gay and lesbian parents.
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Parenting in Planned Lesbian Families

Although the order of the motives was quite similar for lesbian and heterosexual parents, one motive (e.g., happiness) was more important, while most other motives were less important for the former than they were for the latter group.

Author: Henny Bos

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

ISBN: 9789056293673

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 120

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Annotation. This thesis reports on a study on lesbian families in which the children were born to the lesbian relationship (planned lesbian families). How strong is the desire of lesbian mothers to have a child, and what are their motivations? How do lesbian mothers experience parenthood? What do they strive for in child rearing? How do they experience the relationship with their partner, and do they feel supported by others? What is the quality of the parent-child relationship in lesbian families? Do lesbian mothers feel rejected, and if so, does this have a negative impact on their role as a parent, and does it negatively influence child adjustment? All these questions are examined in 'Parenting in Planned Lesbian Families', this by studying 100 two-mother families and compare them with 100 heterosexual families. It is the largest study on planned lesbian families to date. This title can be previewed in Google Books - http://books.google.com/books?vid=ISBN9789056293673.
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Social Work with Lesbian Parent Families

Inaddition to advocacy, micro practice methods that empowerlesbianparents to develop their own systems ofsupport and intervention shouldbe considered.For example, referralto support groupsor online communities for lesbian parents would ...

Author: Lucy R Mercier

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317965114

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 105

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The traditional concept of family as being exclusively heterosexual has resulted in myth-generation about lesbian parents as well as fostering limitations in the programs and benefits that support more diverse nontraditional families. Social Work with Lesbian Parent Families: Ecological Perspectives explores the variety of social systems with which lesbian parent families interact, with a focus on implications for improved, diversity-affirming service delivery and policy development. Unlike other literature on lesbian parent families, this revealing resource pulls together work on lesbian parenting from various researchers across a broad range of disciplines and presents this work from the ecosystems perspective so that the reader may view the experiences of lesbian parent families in a holistic way. The research goes beyond simple comparisons between lesbian and straight mothers. This useful text provides more complex research data, including both a more sophisticated view of the diverse communities in which lesbian parents are found, and more innovative ways of studying the issues relevant to social service providers. Developmental and life issues negotiated by lesbian parent families are discussed in detail using a strengths-based approach to intervention with individuals, families, small groups, communities, and larger systems. This unique book has the strong potential to influence the policies that impact lesbian parent families. Social Work with Lesbian Parent Families: Ecological Perspectives is a valuable resource for social workers, psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, marriage and family therapists, public policy and administration professionals, students, and academics doing research on sexual orientation and family. This book was published as a special issue of the Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services.
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Gay and Lesbian Parenting

This book is also essential for mental health professionals from psychiatric nurses to psychiatrists who are working with the gay and lesbian community.

Author: Jack Drescher

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 0789013509

Category: Medical

Page: 150

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Find sources of support for raising a nontraditional family in a straight world! The experience of parenting is commonly overlooked in psychological theory, and lesbians and gay men are not typically considered as parents or parents to be. Gay and Lesbian Parenting examines the psychological issues related to developing family and becoming parents for gay men and lesbians. Instead of pathologizing gay and lesbian families, it explores the emotional growth and development issues inherent in child-rearing. Traditionally, coming out as gay or lesbian meant abandoning any hope of becoming a parent or keeping your children if you already had them. But with the “gayby boom” in full swing, more and more gay and lesbian couples are having new babies, adopting children, and continuing to raise the offspring of previous heterosexual relationships. Although gay and lesbian parents still face unique challenges in building and rearing a family, as well as the usual problems heterosexual couples encounter, Gay and Lesbian Parenting unflinchingly examines these concerns and offers positive suggestions and ideas for dealing with the difficulties. This life-affirming book takes a look at the practical and emotional realities of raising children in nontraditional family structures, including: issues of kinship, shared motherhood, and possessiveness in lesbian couples legal issues entailed by the lack of marriage and legal kinship parenthood as a powerful force for personal growth and development fatherhood as a process of creating connectedness in the family, community, and place of worship original empirical research on the mental health of lesbians’children the history of the gay and lesbian movement as it relates to child-rearing Gay and Lesbian Parenting affirms the power of gay and lesbian couples to raise healthy, happy children and to change and grow through their experience of parenting. This book is also essential for mental health professionals from psychiatric nurses to psychiatrists who are working with the gay and lesbian community.
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Lesbian Step Families

The book helps you understand these relationships and parent roles through in-depth discussions of: how a step mother and legal mother who live together negotiate and organize parenting and homemaking tasks how members of lesbian step ...

Author: Ellen Cole

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317790525

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 262

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Lesbian Step Families: An Ethnography of Love explores five lesbian step families’definitions of the step parent role and how they accomplish parenting tasks, cope with homophobia, and define and interpret their experiences. An intensive feminist qualitative study, the book offers guidelines for counselors and lesbian step families for creating healthy, functioning family structures and environments. It is the first book to concentrate exclusively on lesbian step families rather than on lesbian mothering in general. In Lesbian Step Families: An Ethnography of Love, you’ll explore in detail the different kinds of step relationships that are developed and what factors may lead to the different types of step mothering in lesbian step families. The book helps you understand these relationships and parent roles through in-depth discussions of: how a step mother and legal mother who live together negotiate and organize parenting and homemaking tasks how members of lesbian step families define and create the step mother role strategies family members use to define and cope with oppression how sexism is transmitted within the family and how mothering may limit and/or contribute to female liberation the opinions and viewpoints of the children of these families The findings in Lesbian Step Families: An Ethnography of Love challenge traditional views of mothering and fathering as gender and biologically based activities; they indicate that lesbian step families model gender flexibility and that the mothers and step mothers share parenting--both traditional mothering and fathering--tasks. This allows the biological mother some freedom from motherhood as well as support in it. With insight such as this, you will be prepared to help a client, a loved one, or yourself develop and maintain healthy family relationships.
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