Children's play narratives: what they tell us about lesbian-mother families

Am J Orthopsychiatry. 2004 Oct;74(4):467-79. doi: 10.1037/0002-9432.74.4.467.


Play narratives can offer a unique insight into the child's internal world. This study compared the play narratives of children in 38 lesbian-mother families; 73 two-parent, heterosexual-mother families; and 58 single-heterosexual-mother families recruited from a general population sample. Findings indicated positive mother-child relationships and well-adjusted children. Girls' narratives showed more affection than boys' and were more strongly associated with mothers' interview measures, suggesting that girls' play narratives reveal a more accurate picture of family relationships.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Adult
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Child
  • Family Relations*
  • Female
  • Homosexuality, Female*
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Male
  • Play and Playthings*
  • Sex Factors