Homosexuality and the Family

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Psychology Press, 1989 - Family & Relationships - 204 pages
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Disproving the notion that homosexuals are antifamily, this enlightening book details the variety of family forms in which gays and lesbians live and explores the effects of homosexuality on individuals in families and on the family as a whole. Little in the professional literature addresses the combined topics of homosexuality and the family, so practitioners, academicians, researchers, and students in various disciplines--counseling, gay studies, sociology, human sexuality, psychology, social work, law, and medicine--will discover a wealth of unique and useful material here. Arranged in a life history sequence that moves from adolescence to adulthood, this informative volume documents the responses of parents of gay children, wives of gay men, children of lesbian mothers, and gay fathers about their family lives.
 

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Contents

Family Member Reactions
37
Response of Parents to Learning That Their Child
59
Heterosexual Womens Perceptions of Their Marriages
81
Lesbian Mothers and the Motherhood Hierarchy
101
A Comparative Study of SelfEsteem of Adolescent Children
123
A Review of the Literature
137
The Value of Children to Gay and Heterosexual Fathers
163
Parenting Behaviors of Homosexual and Heterosexual
173
BOOK REVIEWS
187
Afterword
193
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