A comparative study of self-esteem of adolescent children of divorced lesbian mothers and divorced heterosexual mothers

J Homosex. 1989;18(1-2):123-35. doi: 10.1300/J082v18n01_06.


Thirty-six adolescent children, ages 13 to 19 years, divided equally into two groups according to their mother's sexual object choice and within group by sex, were compared to determine if there were any significant differences in the self-esteem of these two populations. Findings of the analysis of the self-esteem scores indicated there was no significant statistical differences in the self-esteem scores between adolescents with divorced lesbian mothers and adolescents with divorced heterosexual mothers.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Divorce*
  • Female
  • Gender Identity*
  • Homosexuality / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Identification, Psychological*
  • Male
  • Mother-Child Relations*
  • Object Attachment
  • Personality Development*
  • Personality Tests
  • Psychosexual Development
  • Self Concept*
  • Social Environment