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Lesbian Mothers, Gay Fathers, and Their Children: A Review


Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics: June 2005 - Volume 26 - Issue 3 - p 224-240

ABSTRACT. There is a variety of families headed by a lesbian or gay male parent or same-sex couple. Findings from research suggest that children with lesbian or gay parents are comparable with children with heterosexual parents on key psychosocial developmental outcomes. In many ways, children of lesbian or gay parents have similar experiences of family life compared with children in heterosexual families. Some special considerations apply to the context of lesbian and gay parenting: variation in family forms, children's awareness of lesbian and gay relationships, heterosexism, and homophobia. These issues have important implications for managing clinical work with children of lesbian mothers or gay fathers.

School of Psychology, Birkbeck College University of London, London, United Kingdom

Address for reprints: Fiona Tasker, Ph.D., School of Psychology, Birkbeck College University of London, Malet St., London, WC1E 7HX; e-mail:

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.