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    Young people's attitudes toward living in a lesbian family: a longitudinal study of children raised by post-divorce lesbian mothers

    Tasker, Fiona and Golombok, S. (1997) Young people's attitudes toward living in a lesbian family: a longitudinal study of children raised by post-divorce lesbian mothers. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage 28 (1-2), pp. 183-202. ISSN 1050-2556.

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    Abstract

    The present investigation explored the factors associated with the diversity of children's attitudes toward growing up with their mother in a lesbian-led family after the end of their mother and father's relationship. Twenty-five young adults from lesbian families and a comparison group of 21 young adults raised by single heterosexual mothers first participated in the study in 1976-77, and again in 1991-92. No differences were observed between young people from lesbian and heterosexual post-divorce families in their acceptance of their family identity during adolescence. However, in comparison with those from heterosexual post-divorce families, young people from lesbian backgrounds were more positive about their nonconventional family of origin in early adulthood. The findings show that acceptance of their lesbian family identity during adolescence was associated with close and stable family relationships, the absence of peer stigma, and the sensitivity of their family in relating their identity to others outside the home.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2020 09:14
    Last Modified: 24 Mar 2020 09:14
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/31450

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