Children with lesbian parents: a community study

Dev Psychol. 2003 Jan;39(1):20-33. doi: 10.1037//0012-1649.39.1.20.


Existing research on children with lesbian parents is limited by reliance on volunteer or convenience samples. The present study examined the quality of parent-child relationships and the socioemotional and gender development of a community sample of 7-year-old children with lesbian parents. Families were recruited through the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, a geographic population study of 14,000 mothers and their children. Thirty-nine lesbian-mother families, 74 two-parent heterosexual families, and 60 families headed by single heterosexual mothers were compared on standardized interview and questionnaire measures administered to mothers, co-mothers/fathers, children, and teachers. Findings are in line with those of earlier investigations showing positive mother-child relationships and well-adjusted children.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Behavior / psychology
  • Child Behavior Disorders / diagnosis
  • Child Behavior Disorders / psychology
  • Female
  • Gender Identity
  • Homosexuality, Female / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mood Disorders / diagnosis
  • Mood Disorders / psychology
  • Mother-Child Relations*
  • Parenting
  • Psychology, Child
  • Single-Parent Family / psychology
  • Social Adjustment