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    The role of co-mothers in planned lesbian-led families

    Tasker, Fiona and Golombok, S. (1998) The role of co-mothers in planned lesbian-led families. Journal of Lesbian Studies 2 (4), pp. 49-68. ISSN 1089-4160.

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    Abstract

    The present study examined the role of co-parents in children's lives by comparing the role of co-mothers in 15 British lesbian mother families with the role of resident fathers in two different groups of heterosexual families (43 families where the study-child was conceived through donor insemination, and 41 families where the child had been naturally conceived). Birth mothers in all three types of family were administered a semi-structured interview to assess the quality of family relationships. Questionnaire data on stress associated with parenting were obtained from co-mothers and fathers, and the children were administered the Family Relations Test. The results indicated that co-mothers played a more active role in daily caretaking than did most fathers. However, father-child and co-mother-child relationships were found to be equally warm and affectionate in all three groups and no group differences were found for children's scores on the Family Relations Test or co-mothers/fathers’ scores on the Parenting Stress Index.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2020 08:50
    Last Modified: 24 Mar 2020 08:50
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/31448

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