The National Lesbian Family Study: 3. Interviews with mothers of five-year-olds

Am J Orthopsychiatry. 2000 Oct;70(4):542-8. doi: 10.1037/h0087823.


This third report from a longitudinal study of lesbian families presents data obtained from interviews with mothers of five-year-old children conceived by donor insemination. Results indicated that 87% of the children related well to peers, 18% had experienced homophobia from peers or teachers, and 63% had grandparents who frankly acknowledged their grandchild's lesbian family. Of the original couples, 31% had divorced. Of the remainder, 68% felt that their child was equally bonded to both mothers. Concerns of lesbian families are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Depressive Disorder, Major / epidemiology
  • Depressive Disorder, Major / psychology
  • Family / psychology*
  • Female
  • Homosexuality, Female*
  • Humans
  • Interview, Psychological*
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mother-Child Relations
  • Mothers / psychology*
  • Parenting
  • Social Support