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    Adoptive Gay Father Families: a longitudinal study of children’s adjustment at early adolescence

    McConnachie, A.L. and Ayed, N. and Foley, S. and Lamb, M.E. and Jadva, V. and Tasker, Fiona and Golombok, S. (2021) Adoptive Gay Father Families: a longitudinal study of children’s adjustment at early adolescence. Child Development 92 (1), pp. 425-443. ISSN 0009-3920.

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    Findings are presented from the second phase of a UK longitudinal study of 33 gay father, 35 lesbian mother, and 43 heterosexual parent families when their adopted children reached early adolescence. Participants predominantly lived in urban/suburban areas and were mostly white and well-educated. Standardized interviews, observations, and questionnaires of parental mental health, parent-child relationships, and adolescent adjustment were administered to parents, children, and teachers between 2016–2018. There were few differences between family types. However, adjustment problems had increased in all family types, with better parenting quality and parental mental health associated with fewer adjustment problems. The findings contribute to adoption policy and practice, and to theoretical understanding of the role of parental gender in child development.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the article, which has been published in final form at the link above. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): gay father families, adoption, adjustment, same-sex parenting, parent-child relationships.
    School: School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Children, Families and Social Issues, Institute for the Study of (Closed)
    Depositing User: Fiona Tasker
    Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2020 10:38
    Last Modified: 25 Jun 2021 01:30


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