Category: Parenting & Families

New Choices, New Families: How Lesbians Decide about

Nancy J. Mezey

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The importance of understanding these findings in the context of societal heterosexism is discussed. Society has to realize that the modern family has developed into many different forms in recent years in that the "nuclear family" is not necessarily the most common form anymore. Researchers looked at information gleaned from 15 studies on more than 500 children, evaluating possible stigma, teasing and social isolation, adjustment and self-esteem, opposite gender role models, sexual orientation, and strengths.

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Strong Mothers, Weak Wives: The Search for Gender Equality

Miriam M. Johnson

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Other studies consider children in lesbian households without regard to their origins. Currently scientists conduct research on alternative types of human parenthood which can aid same-sex couples to have children. [27] One of the possibilities is obtaining sperm from skin stem cells. [28] According to US Census Snapshot published in December 2007, same-sex couples with children have significantly fewer economic resources and significantly lower rates of home ownership than heterosexual married couples. [21] According to a Survey conducted in Poland by the Polish Academy of Sciences on 3000 people, 9% of LGBT people living in the country were parents, a total of 100,000 gay parents. [29] Canadian census in 2011 had similar conclusions to these of the Polish study - 9.4% of Canadian gay couples were bringing up children. [30] In the United States, studies on the effect of gay and lesbian parenting on children were first conducted in the 1970s, and expanded through the 1980s in the context of increasing numbers of gay and lesbian parents seeking legal custody of their biological children. [31] The widespread pattern of children being raised from infancy in two-parent gay or lesbian homes is relatively recent.

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Of Two Minds

Sylvia Madrigal

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Video/C 9131 Carmelita Tropicana, a lesbian Latina performance artist who supports herself as a building super on New York's Lower East Side, winds up in jail with three other women after a protest at an abortion clinic. You have gotten to the point in your relationship where you want to have a family, but like lots of families in the US, you are not able to conceive a child, so you do what any loving couple would do, you try to adopt a child. Does having gay parents affect a child’s mental health and growth.

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Between Mothers and Daughters: Stories Across a Generation

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The anomalous results reported by this study--which contradict the accumulated body of research findings in this field--are attributable to idiosyncrasies in its sample and methodologies and are therefore not reliable. Gottman discusses his idea of Positive Sentiment Override (PSO) which basically means that when couples are happy, they tend to ignore the small difficulties and focus instead on the positive experiences and aspects of the relationship, sometimes in a ratio of noting 20 positive experiences for every 1 negative experience.

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Mother Reader: Essential Writings on Motherhood

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Explain to the students that you are going to whisper an animal in their ear. Clin Psych Rev. 1996;16:277-98. 15 Garofalo R, Wolf RC, Wissow LS, et al. Subjects raised by lesbian mothers functioned well in adulthood in terms of psychological well-being and of family identity and relationships. Adapted from The 21-Day Dad's Challenge, published by Tyndale House Publishers. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission.) Miller, B. (1979). What was even more interesting with respect to the authors� findings, however, was that young adults raised in lesbian families were more likely to consider having a same-sex relationship than children brought up in heterosexual homes.

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On Our Own: Unmarried Motherhood in America

Melissa Ludtke

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In the midst of a politically charged environment in which negative stereotypes and ideological assertions can easily gain status as “truth,” it is essential for social work practitioners to become familiar with what is known and not known from the research studies and practice implications so that lesbian and gay parents work with and be supported by informed and competent social work practitioners. There was also a difference between family types in the age of the child at adoption, F(2, 127) = 4.82, p = .01, and the length of placement with the adoptive family, F(2, 127) = 4.08, p = .02, with children in gay father families being older at the time of adoption and placed for a shorter period of time.

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Waiting in the Wings: Portrait of a Queer Motherhood

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The issue of AIDS, safety, and gender identity are all issues that affect heterosexual headed families as often as homosexual headed families. George, he lives his life expanding circles to bring others in. Based on this, they designed a study to assess what differences, if any, existed between lesbian and heterosexual women. Jamison founded and leads the Affirmation Millennial group, envisioned the recent affirmation.org redesign and is a managing editor of the web-site.

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A Departure from the Script

Rochelle Hollander Schwab

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One response would be to correct this erroneous notion. Issues that over the next term of Parliament will affect our communities for many years to come. W., Gartrell, N., & Hermanns, J., Perrin, E. Then Mori asked if they would contact the couple who had bought the last vial and tell them she and Moreno would buy it from them for double what they paid. Background: An increasing number of lesbian women and single heterosexual women are bringing up children with no male involvement.

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A Tale of Two Mommies

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The constitution specifically says that the government cannot make laws based on religious factors, and the fact that gay couples cannot marry even though they love and have needs the same way straight couples do i... [tags: equality, Constitution, First Ammendment, religion] Same-Sex Marriage Should Be Legal - "The state cannot demean their existence or control their destiny by making their private sexual conduct a crime -Kennedy" (Dockterman). However, children of same-sex couples scored higher than the national average for overall health and family cohesion, measuring how well the family members get along.

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Now That He's Out: The Challenges and Joys of Having a Gay

Martin Kantor

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An unknown donor is someone who has donated sperm essentially anonymously and is not known to the parents of the child, or to the child. It may create more confusion and anxiety by reinforcing the negative thoughts and emotions with which the youngster is already struggling. Acknowledgments I wish particularly to thank Clinton Anderson for his invaluable assistance with the current version as well as with earlier versions of this manuscript. When asked to rate the quality of their current relationship, the children of GFs reported the lowest, followed by children adopted by strangers, the children of stepfamilies, and then the children of LMs.

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