Sexual Orientation and Family Lives

Charlotte J. Patterson

in Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199765218
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979585 | DOI:
Sexual Orientation and Family Lives

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Like others around them, lesbian, gay, and bisexual people are born into families, sustain lifelong relationships with members of their birth families, and create new families of their own. This chapter reviews psychological research and theory about families of origin. Based on a life course perspective, research on adolescents and young adults is reviewed first, followed by that on middle adulthood, and then by research on relationships with families of origin in later adulthood. An overview of research and theory on families of creation is presented next, focusing on the formation and maintenance of same-sex couple relationships as well as on issues related to parenthood. A third section presents a summary of research on children and other relatives of nonheterosexual individuals. The final section provides conclusions and suggestions for further research.

Keywords: families of origin; adolescents; young adults; middle adulthood; family research; same-sex couples; parenthood; psychological research

Chapter.  10613 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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