Children's acquisition of sex-role behavior in lesbian-mother families

Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1981 Jul;51(3):536-544. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.1981.tb01402.x.


Children's play and activity interests as indices of sex-role behavior were compared for a sample of lesbian and heterosexual single mothers and their children. More striking than any differences were the similarities between the two groups of children on acquisition of sex-role behavior and between the two groups of mothers on encouragement of sex-role behavior.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Female
  • Gender Identity*
  • Homosexuality*
  • Humans
  • Identification, Psychological*
  • Interview, Psychological
  • Male
  • Mother-Child Relations*
  • Peer Group
  • Play and Playthings
  • Social Behavior*
  • Socialization
  • Stereotyping