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    Why Adoption? Gay, lesbian, and heterosexual adoptive parents’ reproductive experiences and reasons for adoption

    Jennings, S. and Mellish, L. and Tasker, Fiona and Lamb, M. and Golombok, S. (2014) Why Adoption? Gay, lesbian, and heterosexual adoptive parents’ reproductive experiences and reasons for adoption. Adoption Quarterly 17 (3), pp. 205-226. ISSN 1092-6755.

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    Abstract

    This study aimed to explore the experiences of gay, lesbian, and heterosexual adoptive parents from 130 families. Parents’ reproductive experiences prior to adoption and their reasons for choosing to adopt were compared. Heterosexual couples were more likely to have experienced infertility than same-sex couples. Same-sex couples were more likely to prefer adoption over other routes to parenthood. Parents in all three family types selected their route to parenthood according to normative expectations, attitudes to biogenetic parenthood, ease of access, and moral reasoning. Same-sex couples’ decisions were enabled by the non-discriminatory sociolegal context of the United Kingdom.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): gay, lesbian, decision making, adoption, infertility
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Research Centre: Children, Families and Social Issues, Institute for the Study of
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2014 10:11
    Last Modified: 05 Dec 2016 11:54
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/10867

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